As journalism struggles to respond to social media’s proliferating role, fresh social scientific and philosophical perspectives are required to comprehend news in relationship to the pursuit of truth. Experts will examine the current situation and consider likely future trajectories. Speakers include Bruno Patino, Arte's Editorial Manager and director of the Sciences Po Journalism School, and Dominique Cardon, a sociologist and Professor at Sciences Po and at MIT Medialab.

About the conference

Social media-based production and consumption of news poses not only unprecedented challenges to journalism’s gatekeeper role in society but also to democratic processes themselves. Social media’s effects reverberate around the world, altering events on a global scale. Although there is a constantly changing kaleidoscope of particular manifestations of these challenges, questions of credibility and truthfulness as represented through information outlets have recently gained renewed prominence.
During the different sessions of the conference, social media’s interaction with journalism and democracy will be analyzed from philosophical, ethical, practical and political perspectives. Drawing on such an array of specialties, and by taking a cross-cutting approach, the event co-sponsors anticipate that new insights will be gained into the high-pressure world of journalism and its responsibilities. Discussions will be aimed at laying the conceptual groundwork for recommendations and action at the professional, procedural and policy levels.

Panels will include subjects such as "Trolling, computer algorithms, and moderation", "Fake news in a historical and contemporary perspective", and "Philosophy of truth, knowing, and communication". Each panel will be followed by an interrogative discussion in which the audience (both attending and participating via live-streaming sessions) will have the opportunity to raise questions.


About Bruno Patino:


https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/513927260127391744/9eWd54fP.jpegA French journalist and Press Director, Bruno Patino worked for different medias, from daily newspapers and magazines to radio, from publishing to television and internet.He is a Doctor in Political Sciences, graduated from the IEP (Institute of Political Studies) in Paris and from the “ESSEC” Business School, and has a Master's degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University. Bruno Patino is Sciences Po Journalism School's Dean. He is also the head of the programs at Arte. He was before the digital strategy department at France Televisions. He is the former head of France Culture, and also chaired Télérama as well as Le Monde Interactif.


About Dominique Cardon:
 

http://www.laviedesidees.fr/local/cache-vignettes/L200xH300/auton12617-2e96b.jpg?1447236699Dominique Cardon is a French sociologist and a Professor at Sciences Po Paris and MIT Medialab. His research focuses on the role of criticism in public debate, on the individualistic and participative dynamics to the production of public expression, as well as on the contemporary transformations of the public space, in particular through new infrastructures offered by emerging technologies.

The event is free, but registration is required. To register, click HERE.
Boston University The Castle, 225 Bay State Road Boston, MA 02215

Journalism and the Search for Truth in the Age of Social Media

When
April 24th and 25th, 2017
Where
Boston University
The Castle, 225 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215

As journalism struggles to respond to social media’s proliferating role, fresh social scientific and philosophical perspectives are required to comprehend news in relationship to the pursuit of truth. Experts will examine the current situation and consider likely future trajectories. Speakers include Bruno Patino, Arte's Editorial Manager and director of the Sciences Po Journalism School, and Dominique Cardon, a sociologist and Professor at Sciences Po and at MIT Medialab.

About the conference

Social media-based production and consumption of news poses not only unprecedented challenges to journalism’s gatekeeper role in society but also to democratic processes themselves. Social media’s effects reverberate around the world, altering events on a global scale. Although there is a constantly changing kaleidoscope of particular manifestations of these challenges, questions of credibility and truthfulness as represented through information outlets have recently gained renewed prominence.
During the different sessions of the conference, social media’s interaction with journalism and democracy will be analyzed from philosophical, ethical, practical and political perspectives. Drawing on such an array of specialties, and by taking a cross-cutting approach, the event co-sponsors anticipate that new insights will be gained into the high-pressure world of journalism and its responsibilities. Discussions will be aimed at laying the conceptual groundwork for recommendations and action at the professional, procedural and policy levels.

Panels will include subjects such as "Trolling, computer algorithms, and moderation", "Fake news in a historical and contemporary perspective", and "Philosophy of truth, knowing, and communication". Each panel will be followed by an interrogative discussion in which the audience (both attending and participating via live-streaming sessions) will have the opportunity to raise questions.


About Bruno Patino:


https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/513927260127391744/9eWd54fP.jpegA French journalist and Press Director, Bruno Patino worked for different medias, from daily newspapers and magazines to radio, from publishing to television and internet.He is a Doctor in Political Sciences, graduated from the IEP (Institute of Political Studies) in Paris and from the “ESSEC” Business School, and has a Master's degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University. Bruno Patino is Sciences Po Journalism School's Dean. He is also the head of the programs at Arte. He was before the digital strategy department at France Televisions. He is the former head of France Culture, and also chaired Télérama as well as Le Monde Interactif.


About Dominique Cardon:
 

http://www.laviedesidees.fr/local/cache-vignettes/L200xH300/auton12617-2e96b.jpg?1447236699Dominique Cardon is a French sociologist and a Professor at Sciences Po Paris and MIT Medialab. His research focuses on the role of criticism in public debate, on the individualistic and participative dynamics to the production of public expression, as well as on the contemporary transformations of the public space, in particular through new infrastructures offered by emerging technologies.

The event is free, but registration is required. To register, click HERE.