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In the age of ‘fake news’ what’s next for journalism?

Journalism Lecturer, Paul Wiltshire, presents ‘Finding the truth in a fake news era’ at the university’s next Public Lecture. The talk, which will be held at Park Campus in Cheltenham on Wednesday 16 May, will ask whether ‘alternative facts’ mean different things to different people?

As a former journalist and Editor, passionate about upholding the truth and society’s trust in storytelling, Paul will present the case for verified news and how journalism can and should hold power to account. The lecture will also explore the impact of social media and Google on journalism in a digitised world.

Paul Wiltshire is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the university where he teaches news reporting, media law and politics, whilst regularly writing for regional media. A former Deputy Editor for The Bath Chronicle, he has worked in the industry for more than thirty years, mentoring dozens of journalists, and is now a regional editor trainer for Local World/Trinity Mirror.

Lecturer Paul Wiltshire said:

“Great journalism challenges and explains by shining a light in dark corners, with a mission to – as the saying goes – comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. And yet that journalism is facing an existential challenge from demographic, political and social threats. I’ll be looking at what we can all do to help journalism that makes a difference survive and thrive.”

Admission to the lecture is free, but tickets need to be reserved in advance (link removed as event has finished). The talk is from 6pm at TC014, The Park, 16 May, with refreshments available at Elwes Reception from 5pm.

The Public Lecture series programme is available to view online.