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The Cure for Fake News Disease: Truth and Fairness

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 14, 2017) — The University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Media will host a discussion, "The Cure for Fake News Disease: Truth and Fairness," with journalists on Wednesday, Feb. 15. The program is set for 3-4:30 p.m. in the Maggie Room of the Enoch Grehan Journalism Building.

The event is part of the school's "Challenges to Journalism" series. It will be a panel discussion among two of the state’s most accomplished political journalists; a faculty member who has been a newspaper editor and helped start radio stations; and a conservative critic of Kentucky news outlets. They will explore whether the meanings of fairness and balance in journalism have changed, or need to change.

Panelists will be:

  • John Stamper, politics and government editor of the Lexington Herald-Leader;
  • Joseph Gerth, metro columnist and former political writer for the Courier-Journal;
  • Kakie Urch, associate professor of new media and former Gannett Co. editor; and
  • Richard "Rick" Nelson, conservative media critic and director of the Commonwealth Policy Center.

The panel will be moderated by Al Cross, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, associate extension professor in the School of Journalism and Media, political columnist for the Courier-Journal and former national president of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

The program is co-sponsored by SPJ’s campus chapter and the Department of Communication. The School of Journalism and Media and the Department of Communication are part of the UK College of Communication and Information.

Refreshments will be available. 

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