From elections to vaccines, the news we hear and believe shapes our decision-making. However, with the rise of “alternative truth” and “fake news,” it has become difficult for readers to discern the facts. This is especially true of information that is shared on internet news sites and social media platforms.
On Sunday, September 22, Magazines Canada will present a panel discussion with leading digital magazine publishers on news and entertainment in the Age of Disinformation. The panel will be held at The Word On The Street Toronto, Canada’s largest celebration of literacy and Canadian writing.
The panel will discuss the importance of assessing the credibility of sources and content, the difference between misinformation and disinformation, and how digital publishers can navigate the demands of immediacy and responsibility.
The panel will be moderated by Craig Silverman (Media Editor, Buzzfeed News).
Craig Silverman is an award-winning journalist and author and one of the world’s leading experts on online misinformation, fake news, and content verification. He is the media editor of BuzzFeed News, where he leads a global beat covering platforms, online misinformation, and media manipulation.
Our distinguished panelists include:
Rehana Begg (Editor, CanadianManufacturing.com)
Rehana Begg is the editor of CanadianManufacturing.com at Annex Business Media. Rehana has 20 years of editorial experience across B2B and B2C publications. She holds two master’s degrees, which she puts to the test daily scouring the Canadian landscape for industrial and manufacturing news that impact business decisions.
Drew Brown (Editor, The NL Independent)
Drew Brown is the editor of The Newfoundland and Labrador Independent. He grew up in Grand Falls-Windsor, NL. He has been a regular columnist for VICE Canada since 2015, and his work has appeared in CBC, Newfoundland Quarterly, The Deep, The Overcast, and The Guardian.
Camille Dundas (Co-founder and Editor, ByBlacks.com)
Camille Dundas is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Canada’s leading Black Canadian online magazine, ByBlacks.com. She has won two national ethnic media press awards and a commendation from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Camille spent 10 years as a TV news reporter and producer, working on shows for CTV and CBC.
Andrew Yates (Managing Editor, HuffPost Canada)
Andrew Yates is the managing editor of news at HuffPost Canada. He first started working in digital news and current affairs as a producer at the National Post Online in 2000. Prior to HuffPost, Andrew was senior producer of social media and community engagement at CBC News.
Mark your calendars and don’t miss out on attending this informative event. The panel discussion will be held on the Vibrant Voices of Ontario stage, Sunday, September 22, 2019 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm (ET). The event is free to attend. The Word on the Street Toronto festival will be held at the Harbourfront Centre September 21–22, 2019. You can learn more about the festival programming here.
This panel is presented as part of the Age of Disinformation project.
We acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada.