Covering Trump Conference on Journalism, Politics and Fake News

March 2, 2017
Illustration by Christie Chisholm

After six weeks of his presidency, the media covering Trump’s administration is beginning to get a feel for the challenges that lie ahead. The president has labeled the press “the enemy of the American people” and excluded some news outlets from briefings; the First Amendment feels like it’s under threat; and fake news and “alternative facts” abound. The unorthodox nature of this environment has raised questions: How important are press briefings? What are the ethics of using anonymous sources and leaked data? And how should we respond to a disinformation campaign targeted at the media?


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To get a handle on this, the Columbia Journalism Review has partnered with Reuters and The Guardian to bring together some of the best minds in the business for a one-day conference today Covering Trump: What Happens When Journalism, Politics, and Fake News Collide. The event includes panel discussions on press coverage in a no-access era, the rise of fake news, investigating Trump’s connections to Russia, and the ethics of reporting on data leaks. There will also be a lunchtime keynote with New Yorker Editor in Chief David Remnick in conversation with Columbia Journalism School Dean Steve Coll.

The conference will be livestreamed below from 10:30 am, and we invite viewers to join in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #coveringtrump.

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Conference Agenda:

10:40-11:55 am — Reporter Roundtable: What Happened and How Are We Planning on Covering Trump? Moderated by Kyle Pope with Sabrina Siddiqui, Elisabeth Bumiller, Jelani Cobb, Brian Stelter, and John Carney

12:15-1:30 pm — Lunchtime Keynote: David Remnick in conversation with Steve Coll

1:45-3:00 pm — Fake News: What Have We Learned, Moderated by Emily Bell with Steve Adler, Sheryl Huggins Salomon, Yochai Benkler, and Ben Smith

3:15-4:30 pm — Following Rubles and Dumping Data, Moderated by Todd Gitlin with Jesse Eisinger, Tom Hamburger, Jonathan Peters, and Brian Ross

Follow our speakers on Twitter:

Steve Adler, President and Editor-In-Chief, Reuters @stephenjadler

Emily Bell, Director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism @emilybell

Yochai Benkler, Faculty Co-Director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University & Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies, Harvard Law School @YBenkler

Elisabeth Bumiller, Washington Bureau Chief, The New York Times @BumillerNYT

John Carney, Financial Editor, Breitbart News @carney

Jelani Cobb, Staff Writer, The New Yorker and Ira Lipman Professor of Journalism, Columbia Journalism School @jelani9

Steve Coll, Dean and Henry R. Luce Professor of Journalism, Columbia Journalism School @SteveCollNY

Jesse Eisinger, Senior Reporter, ProPublica @eisingerj

Todd Gitlin, Professor & Chair, Ph.D. Program, Columbia Journalism School @toddgitlin

Tom Hamburger, Reporter, The Washington Post @thamburger

Jonathan Peters, Assistant Professor of Journalism, University of Kansas and Press Freedom Correspondent, Columbia Journalism Review @jonathanwpeters

Kyle Pope, Editor and Publisher, Columbia Journalism Review @kylepope

David Remnick, Editor-In-Chief, The New Yorker @NewYorker

Brian Ross, Chief Investigative Correspondent, ABC News @BrianRoss

Sheryl Huggins Salomon, Senior Editor-at-Large and former Managing Editor, TheRoot.com @sherylhugg

Sabrina Siddiqui, Political Reporter, The Guardian @SabrinaSiddiqui

Ben Smith, Editor-In-Chief, BuzzFeed @BuzzFeedBen

Brian Stelter, Host, Reliable Sources, CNN @brianstelter

Shelley Hepworth , formerly a CJR Delacorte Fellow, is Technology Editor at The Conversation in Australia. Follow her on Twitter @shelleymiranda.