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Who defines which news is “fake”? How do ethical principles help the media detect and combat fake news?  How can the public recognize fake news? Do social media contribute to the problem?  Should the government have a role in “calling out” fake news? Do we need a “Ministry of Truth?” Can democracy survive fake news?

Please join us on Monday, April 24, 2017, from 7:30-9:00 p.m. in 130 Murphy Hall for the 2017 Spring Ethics Forum, “Making News or Faking News?  Ethical Journalism in a Post-Truth Era” when a panel of experts will address these and other questions regarding fake news. 

Joshua Gillin, staff writer for PolitiFact, PunditFact and the Tampa Bay Times, will be the principal speaker. His current assignment is to debunk fake news items and examine how they are spread online. He previously was a reporter, editor and blogger for tbt*, the daily tabloid edition of the Times, and has written about media news for The Poynter Institute.  He has worked in many writing and editing capacities in news, sports and features at the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Savannah (Ga.) Morning News and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.His journalism degree is from the University of Nebraska.

Panelists will include:

Leila Brammer, Professor and Chair in Communications Studies, Gustavus Adolphus College;

Sarah Bauer Jackson, program director, Minnesota Newspaper Association; former executive director, Minnesota News Council;

Brian Lambert, MinnPost;

Ricardo Lopez, political reporter, Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Jane E. Kirtley, Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law and director of the Silha Center, will moderate.

The Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law at the University of Minnesota’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Minnesota Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists are sponsoring this event, which also coincides with SPJ’s National Ethics Week.  The Spring Ethics Forum is free, open to the public, and will include an opportunity for audience Q&A.

No tickets or reservations are required. Location details: 130 Murphy Hall, 206 Church Street, SE, Minneapolis, MN, on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota Campus.  For further information, please call 612 625 3421, or email

Silha Center events are supported by the generosity of the late Otto Silha and his wife, Helen.