Programme | Keep it Real: Truth and Trust in the Media

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Keep it Real: Truth and Trust in the Media

19 Jun 2017
Singapore Management University (School of Law)
Singapore

Programme | Keep it Real: Truth and Trust in the Media

Programme

Sessions

June 19
Monday

  • 08:00

    Registration

    All guests are to be seated by 08:45am

  • 09:00

    Welcome Remarks

    Speakers 

  • 09:10

    Opening address

    Mr. K Shanmugan, Minister for Home Affairs & Minister for Law

    Keynote 

    • Minister for Home Affairs & Minister for Law
  • 09:30

    Session 1: Truth & Trust in the digital age: the various faces of misinformation

    From deliberate hoaxes created to cause mischief, manipulate opinions and votes or make money, to media outlets re-circulating unverified or erroneous content, the misinformation ecosystem can take ​on ​many different faces. What are the propaganda techniques used to shift public opinion on key issues? What is the impact of fake news on the functioning of modern democracies?

    Moderator 

    • Editor-in-chief, English/Malay/Tamil Media Group and Editor, The Straits Times

    The weaponization of the internet

    In the Philippines, paid trolls, bots and fake accounts on social media are used to manipulate real people and discredit trustworthy news sources. How can the news media fight back?

    Speakers 

    Impact of misinformation on politics

    From the American presidential elections to the fall of Jakarta’s Christian governor “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, what is the real impact of misinformation on politics? What are the consequences for a democratic society?

    Speakers 

    • Managing Editor, News Strategy and Operations, Asia, Reuters

    Trust and Regulating the New Communication Environment in a Post-Truth Age

    Fake news has been and is a complex reality. Regulating it, even in the public interest, involves legitimate concerns of potential intrusions to free speech and weakening the ability of a society to discern, be resilient in the so-called market place of ideas that is crucial in the nourishment and vitality of any society. A multi-stakeholder approach is needed to nurture trust in the various institutions that traditionally has been the bulwark against the forces that seek to divide us."

    Speakers 

  • 10:30

    Morning Coffee Break

  • 11:00

    Session 2: News publishers: How the fact-checking pros deal with fake news?

    News publishers around the world are constantly upgrading their skills, tools and processes in order to adapt their fact-checking practices and journalism standards to a challenging digital environment. Newspapers and news websites are also actively collaborating with tech companies and journalism schools through fact-checking networks enabled by digital collaborative platforms.

    Moderator 

    Fact-checking the French presidential elections

    CrossCheck is a collaborative journalism project launched in France by First Draft News. It brings together newsrooms across France and beyond to accurately report false, misleading and confusing claims that circulate online. What lessons has this innovative project drawn from the recent French elections? 

    Samuel Laurent, Head of Les Décodeurs, Le Monde.fr (tbc)

    Investigative journalism for the German-speaking world

    Correctiv is a nonprofit investigative newsroom for the German-speaking world. Its goal is to give citizens access to information and to make investigative and informative journalism affordable and accessible to media organizations throughout Germany.

    Speakers 

    Fact Checking in Singapore

    Getting the facts right is a core principle of journalism. As fake news continues to proliferate, including on social media and alternative news sites, journalists can do more and do better in calling out fake news, debunking it, and educating readers about facts. How has The Straits Times handled information that purported to be true but was actually false, and stepped up checks?

    Speakers 

    Fake news in Bangladesh: a question of life or death

    Up to 79 court cases have been filed last year against the editor of Bangladesh’s most popular English language newspaper after he admitted having mistakenly published uncorroborated allegations of corruption against the country’s current prime minister.

    Speakers 

    • Editor and Publisher, The Daily Star, Bangladesh
  • 12:30

    Lunch

  • 13:30

    Session 3: The role of tech companies for improving the digital news ecosystem

    Social media networks and search engines are among the most popular channels of content distribution and consumption in developed countries. It is naturally on these platforms that misinformation first surfaces and spreads. From direct actions on their own assets to the offering of tech tools, collaborative platforms and partnerships with news media and fact-checking networks, tech companies such as Facebook and Google are at the forefront of the fight against misinformation.

    Moderator 

    Storyful: Social media news verification in real time

    A pioneer in the investigation and verification of social news in real time, Storyful provides content and editorial services to publishers hungry for verified social content and information. What solutions does such an organization recommends for tackling the current misinformation crisis?

    Speakers 

    Google News Lab fact-checking tools and initiatives

    Google News Lab’s set of editorial tools now includes useful fact-checking features. The News Lab is also a founding partner of First Draft News, a nonprofit coalition formed in 2015 to raise awareness and address challenges relating to trust and truth in the digital age.

    Speakers 

    The Facebook Journalism Project

    Facebook’s endeavour to develop a social infrastructure that will give people the power to build a global community would be vain if the widespread of misinformation deprives us of the shared sense of reality that is required for building common projects.The social media network has therefore pledged to fight fake news and expressed its belief that a strong news industry is critical to building an informed community.

    Speakers 

    • Strategic Partnerships, Facebook
  • 15:00

    Afternoon Coffee Break

  • 15:30

    Session 4: Empowering the civil society for fighting misinformation

    According to a Stanford University study, most US students are not able to make the difference between a fake news and a verified information published by a trustworthy news brand. The development of media literacy programs and initiatives adapted to the new digital ecosystem is therefore a high priority. The education of citizens to a savvy consumption of digital content and the adoption of good practices in the creation and distribution of such content is a responsibility shared by many players of the civil society.

    Moderator 

    A Cyber News Verification Lab powered by media students

    Hong Kong University undergraduate students taking two foundation courses - Principles of Journalism and the News Media, and Reporting and Writing - practice their fact checking skills on real life cases by contribution to a verification lab powered by innovative collaborative tools.

    Speakers 

    • Lecturer, Journalism & Media Studies Centre, Hong Kong University

    The Role of Media Literacy in Combating Fake News

    The Media Literacy Council encourages citizens to be smart and discerning online, through the promotion of core values of empathy, respect, responsibility and integrity. It runs an annual Better Internet campaign, as well as programmes and events to cater to different stakeholder groups.

    Speakers 

    Telling truths vs selling dreams – the dilemma for corporations

    Corporations are in a double bind: On the one hand, they have always tried to present themselves in the best possible light, especially in competitive environments; on the other, they and their leaders are also expected to be authentic. Has this dilemma become worse recently? And how can managers respond?

    Speakers 

    • Professor of Corporate Communication Practice and Deputy Dean at SMU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business

    Elves vs Trolls: Lessons from citizen activists in the battle against misinformation

    The threats that misinformation represents to sensitive political events such as electoral processes has triggered citizen activists to build up from scratch fact-checking initiatives manned by volunteers. These informal organisations are playing a growing role for tackling the fake news challenge.

    Speakers 

     Journalism values at the service of readers

    Journalism values are little discussed but they are more relevant than ever in this new context of information overload and fake news. Established news organisations have a role to play in keeping these values alive, by training young journalists in the craft, upholding standards and also engaging members of the public, including students, on the values behind the news.

    Speakers 

    • Associate Opinion Editor, The Straits Times
  • 17:30

    Break out session: Fact-checking tools for journalists

    This session will take a close look at how you can source trending content and see where false news stories got shared across the social web. CrowdTangle’s Chrome Extension, which you can download now, is an easy way to see how often a link has been shared, who shared it, how influential they are and what they said. It shows you the aggregate share counts, as well as the specific Facebook Page posts, Tweets and Subreddits that shared any URL you want to check. CrowdTangle also helps you measure the performance and impact of your own content and competitors across social media. Since its acquisition by Facebook in December 2016, CrowdTangle is now free of cost and used by hundreds of newspapers, television stations, digital media outlets, investigative journalists, entertainment companies, sports teams and nonprofits all over the world.

    Speakers 

  • 17:30

    Break out session: Researching the past to contextualise the present

    The myriad of library and archival materials from the National Library Board offers a wide range of content and perspectives for the information seekers. For instance, while the Formula One Grand Prix has been one of the highlights for locals and tourists alike in the last decade, did you know that the history of the Singapore Grand Prix dates back to the 1960s? And to fully appreciate the city’s greenery, it would be worthwhile to note that there had been attempts to introduce nature reserves in Singapore from as early as 1930s. Join our librarian and archivist as they share about the scope of our historical collection and how the resources can provide fresh insights into present-day Singapore.

    Speakers 

    • Senior Librarian, National Library
    • Assistant Archivist, National Archives Singapore

June 20
Tuesday

  • 08:30

    WORKSHOPS

    By invitation only

    Following the discussions on June 19, the second day of the present event will feature a series of workshops which will gather experts and key players in the field of fact-checking, news literacy and media policy. Participants in these workshops will design concrete actions and launch projects for effectively fight misinformation in their respective spheres of competence. Invitations to the workshops can be requested by email at eventasia@wan-ifra.org.

  • 09:00

    Workshop 1 – Fact-checking

    Aimed at senior editors and news publishers, this workshop will discuss internal measures that leading newspapers and information website should adopt to strengthen their practices and the opportunity to create an Asian fact-checking network and/or to collaborate with international networks.

    Moderator 

    Insight: Lessons from the First Draft News Initiative

    Claire Wardle, First Draft News (via Skype link)

    Speakers 

    Round table discussion

    • John Nery, Editor in Chief Inquirer.net, Philippine Daily Inquirer
    • Mahfuz Anam, Editor and Publisher, The Daily Star
    • Datuk Leanne Goh, Editor-in-Chief, The Star
    • Esther Ng Sek Yee, Executive Editor, The Star
    • More participants to be confirmed
  • 09:00

    Workshop 2 – News Literacy

    This workshop will gather university professors, high school teachers, government agencies and media practitioners that are involved in news media literacy. It aims at designing new campaigns and initiatives for improving information media and info literacy, especially among the youth.

    Moderator 

    • Lecturer, Journalism & Media Studies Centre, Hong Kong University

    Insight: Overview of the World Digital News Literacy Project

    Speakers 

    Round table discussion

    • Prof. Gregor Halff, Professor of Corporate Communication Practice and Deputy Dean, Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University
    • Nejolla Korris, CEO, InterVeritas International
    • More participants to be confirmed
  • 09:00

    Workshop 3 - Media policy

    This workshop’s round table discussion will focus on the civic and political implications of new communication technologies. It will seek to define legislative and regulatory actions that should inspire policy makers for adequately tackling the challenge of misinformation in the digital age.

    Moderator 

    Insight: Planting fake news – A propaganda exercise

    Speakers 

    • Associate Professor, Coordinator of MSc (International Relations) Programme, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University

    Round table discussion

    • Dr. Marko Skoric, Associate Professor, Dpt of Media and Communication, City University of Hong Kong
    • Edward Greenspon, President and CEO of Public Policy Forum (tbc)
    • More participants to be confirmed
  • 11:00

    Morning Coffee Break

  • 11:30

    Plenary session

    Co-Chairs:

    Speakers 

    Summary of the workshops round table discussions and presentation of the event’s closing resolutions

    Speakers 

    • Managing Editor, The Straits Times
    • Lecturer, Journalism & Media Studies Centre, Hong Kong University
    • Associate Professor, Singapore Management University, School of Law
  • 12:30

    End of programme, followed by networking LUNCH

Keep it Real: Truth and Trust in the Media

Contact 

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