NYDEO: Fake News & Political Persuasion with First Amendment attorney Peter Canfield 09/20/17

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NYDEO: Fake News & Political Persuasion with First Amendment attorney Peter Canfield 09/20/17

Post by Nydia Tisdale » September 25th, 2017, 1:00 pm


Discussion of “fake” news and constitutional rights.

Fake News & Political Persuasion co-sponsored by the Georgia Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, Georgia First Amendment Foundation and Jones Day.

Americans increasingly engage with news that’s not fully vetted. What does this mean for journalistic accuracy, the power of political persuasion and constitutional rights to free speech and a free press?

Journalists, free speech experts and election scholars take the stage Sept. 20 at Atlanta’s General Assembly for an evening conversation about the impact of “fake” news on American society and constitutional rights.

Fake News & Political Persuasion
When: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017
Where: General Assembly, Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, 2nd floor, Atlanta, Georgia 30308
Sign up now: The event is FREE, but registration is required.

01:00 Welcome by Amelia Davis, General Assembly
03:42 Welcome by Nora Benavidez, American Constitution Society

Panelists will discuss journalists’ duty to maintain ethical standards of investigating and telling truthful news; legal protections for producers of “fake” news, regardless of motive; and ways citizens can find and promote news from accountable sources.

Featured​ ​Experts: First Amendment lawyer Peter Canfield moderates a panel of journalists, free speech experts, and digital engagement scholars.

Panelists:
05:56Peter Canfield, GFAF board member and First Amendment lawyer, Jones Day (moderator)
13:19Richard Griffiths, GFAF board member, journalist and former senior editorial director at CNN, Stembler Professional in Residence, School of Media and Journalism at UNC - Chapel Hill
26:13Alan Abramowitz, Emory University Professor of Political Science and elections expert
38:57Dr. Nsenga Burton, chair of Mass Media Arts at Clark Atlanta University and editor-at-large of The Root
54:57Rohit Malhotra, Founder and Executive Director, Center for Civic Innovation
1:06:55Hon. Hollie Manheimer, GFAF board member, First Amendment lawyer, and former GFAF executive director

Overview:​ Public news consumption occurs quickly in the digital age. Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, email, the list goes on. Many people unintentionally engage with the news through questionable sources where stories are not properly vetted. As journalistic accuracy declines, we consider what this means for political engagement, for digital engagement on social media platforms, and for our human interest in storytelling. All the while, the relationship between our national media and political establishment grows ever more tenuous. Ethical considerations and legal concerns include: What duty do journalists have to maintain their ethical standard of investigating and telling “true” news? What are the legal protections for those writers who promote “fake” news for whatever motive? What can citizens and voters do to help find and promote accountable news?

What​ ​You’ll​ ​Take​ ​Away:​ ​Attendees will learn what the “fake news” trend means for political engagement as well as how to help promote accurate digital storytelling.

Takeaways​:
• Hear from news experts on the role the media plays in messaging and “fake news”
• Learn about the relationship between the media and politics
• Hear from legal scholars on whether fake news is protected speech
• Learn how to combat fake news
• Learn how to engage with digital platforms to minimize fake news

Why​ ​It​ ​Matters:​ ​The digital age is changing how we engage with and share news. This event is the city’s first-ever conversation aimed at breaking down for Atlantans how social platforms may provide accountability and what “fake news” means for society.

1:13:18 Panel and audience discussion
1:38:37 Closing comment by Peter Canfield, moderator
1:39:03 Thank you from Meredith Kincaid (and Katherine Dunn) co-chairs, Georgia Lawyer Chapter of American Constitution Society (ACS)

1:39:23 Upcoming events:
• November 8, 2017 at 6-8 p.m. — Legal Legends Awards Reception at Jones Day honoring:
◦ Former U.S. Judge, recently departed Marvin Shoob
◦ Former U.S. Deputy and Acting Attorney General, Sally Yates

• November 30, 2017 at 5:30-8 p.m. — Eleventh Annual Public Interest Holiday Party at Manuel's Tavern

1:40:30 Citizen journalist @NydiaTisdale hands out her calling card
1:41:15 @_GAAtlanta #LIFEATGA #GAATL


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Panelists — (left to right) Hollie Manheimer, Alan Abramowitz, Richard Griffiths, Nsenga Burton, Peter Canfield, and Rohit Malhotra — discuss Fake News & Political Persuasion at General Assembly, Ponce City Market in Atlanta, Georgia on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

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Panelists — (left to right) Hollie Manheimer, Richard Griffiths, Alan Abramowitz, Nsenga Burton, Peter Canfield, and Rohit Malhotra — discuss Fake News & Political Persuasion at General Assembly, Ponce City Market in Atlanta, Georgia on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.


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Nora Benavidez introduces moderator Peter Canfield (center) as panelists Nsenga Burton (left) and Rohit Malhotra (right) look on.

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Nora Benavidez introduces moderator Peter Canfield (center) as panelists Nsenga Burton (left) and Rohit Malhotra (right) look on.


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Panelists (left to right) Hollie Manheimer, Richard Griffiths, and Alan Abramowitz discuss “fake news.”

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Panelists (left to right) Hollie Manheimer, Richard Griffiths, and Alan Abramowitz discuss “fake news.”

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