Journalism, disinformation and Facebook: How to survive an earthquake

Speaker:  George Brock
Date:  Wednesday, 13 March 2019
Time:  2:30 – 4:30pm
Venue:  CPD 2.42, 2/F, The Jockey Club Tower, The University of Hong Kong

All are welcome. No registration required.

News journalism across much of the world is being battered by a long digital disruption. Journalists have always had to adapt to changes in technology, law and society, but online communication has radically redistributed the power to publish and is rewriting the rules of the public sphere. Journalism which pursues the truth is now one kind of content among many distributed by social networks. Platforms such as Facebook stand accused of spreading disinformation on a vast scale. This may have distorted the result of the 2016 vote in the UK to leave the European Union (due to take effect at the end of March 2019). This lecture by George Brock will suggest ways in which people can agree once again on how to recognize truth and to debate differences peacefully even in polarized societies.

 

About George Brock

George Brock is a journalist, consultant and Visiting Professor at City, University of London, where he directed the journalism school from 2009-14.

He began his reporting career at the Yorkshire Evening Press and The Observer, joining The Times in 1981. After starting at The Times as a feature writer, he became a features editor and, in 1984, op-ed page editor. He was subsequently foreign editor, Brussels bureau chief, European Editor, Managing Editor and Saturday Editor.

He consults and advises in newsrooms, start-ups and on research projects. He is on the board of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Gresham College. He was on the board of the World Editors Forum (2001-14) and WEF’s president 2004-08. He has served as a member of the executive board of the International Press Institute.

He broadcasts, lectures and is the author of Out of Print: Newspapers, Journalism and the Business of News in the Digital Age (2013). His study The Right To Be Forgotten: privacy and the media in the digital age was published by the Reuters Institute, Oxford University, in 2016. He blogs at http://georgebrock.net and tweets at @georgeprof.

 

15 January 2019

(13 Mar) George Brock: Journalism, disinformation and Facebook

  Journalism, disinformation and Facebook: How to survive an earthquake Speaker:  George Brock Date:  Wednesday, 13 March 2019 Time:  2:30 – 4:30pm Venue:  CPD 2.42, 2/F, The Jockey Club Tower, The University of Hong Kong […]
15 January 2019

(12 Jan) Master of Journalism Admissions Webinar

If you missed our admissions webinar for the 2019-20 Master of Journalism programme, you can watch the entire broadcast on our YouTube channel. Send any additional questions you have about the programme and JMSC to […]
2 January 2019

JMSC “Hong Kong Humans” series with HKFP

21 December 2018

Vale, Barry N. Kalb

By Cal Wong It is with great sadness that we heard the news of the passing of Barry Kalb on Wednesday, 19 December 2018, at the age of 75. Barry was a long-time lecturer at […]
11 December 2018

JMSC alumni named best newcomers at institutional press awards

    Two of our recent graduates were honoured at this year’s State Street Institutional Press Awards, Asia Pacific. Ernest Chan (MJ 2017) was named “Best Newcomer” for his piece, “Investing amid uncertainty”, for AsianInvestor. Suhas Bhat (MJ […]
10 December 2018

(12 Jan) Master of Journalism 2019-20 Admissions Webinar

Want to learn more about our programme, but not in Hong Kong to visit us at the HKU campus? Sit tight, we’re coming to you… Join us at our admissions webinar about the HKU Master of […]
7 December 2018

JMSC students recognized for their achievements at HKU ceremony

Our journalism students were among those recognized for their achievements at the annual Faculty of Social Sciences Student Prize Presentation Ceremony. Director Keith Richburg presented certificates to seven JMSC students who were able to attend […]
4 December 2018

JMSC to offer big data analytics workshops

The Journalism and Media Studies Centre is co-organizing with the Society for Hong Kong Studies a 10-workshop series on using the programming language Python in big data research. The workshops will be taught by Yuner […]