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FIMS Homecoming Speakers & Panel
Saturday, October 20, 2018
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

FIMS/Nursing Building

London Skyline

A Citizen's Guide to Real News: Why Trusted Local News Matters

Enough about fake news. What about the real news? What do citizens of our communities need to know about news that matters? In the midst of the dual crises now challenging journalism and the news industry- dwindling trust and decimated local newsrooms struggling to cover their communities - a special Western University Homecoming speaker's session and panel examines why trusted news matters to the citizens of our democracy.

Kathy English
Public Editor, Toronto Star and FIMS Asper Fellow

Kathy English, public editor of the Toronto Star and Western's Faculty of Information & Media Studies' winter 2018 Asper Teaching Fellow, is joined by Ryerson University professor April Lindgren, the Velma Rogers Research Chair and principal investigator for the Local News Research Project and special guest journalist and writer, Joshua Benton, director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University, which he founded in 2008. 

Following their talks about trust and local news, FIMS instructor Paul Benedetti moderates a panel of local news  journalists who cover the London area community about the challenges of covering local news and building trust with their audiences.

This event is sponsored by FIMS and the Asper Teaching Fellowship, in partnership with the Canadian Journalism Foundation.

Driving or taking the LTC to campus? Effective October 18,  University Drive Bridge will be closed to all motorized vehicles for the next few months. The bridge will remain open and is safe for pedestrians and cyclists. For more details, including LTC route information, please visit: www.uwo.ca/fm/ud_bridge.html  




Welcome - FIMS representative
Defining real news - What is news you can trust? - Kathy English, Public Editor, Toronto Star, Asper Teaching Fellow
Understanding local news poverty - April Lindgren, Ryerson University
Title TBA - Josh Benton, Nieman Lab, Harvard University
Panel Discussion -  Moderated by Paul Benedetti

TVO London - Mary Baxter
Petrolia Lambton Independent - Heather Wright
CBC London - Bernard Graham
London Free Press - TBD

Thank you - Natalie Turvey, Canadian Journalism Foundation

Please register by October 15, 2018.

Host: Faculty of Information & Media Studies
Contact: Becky Blue, bblue@uwo.ca
Department: Faculty of Information & Media Studies

Banner Photography Credit: "LONDONMORNING.jpg" by Mathew Campbell, licensed under CC 2.5 https://bit.ly/2NXBUUA

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