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Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (PST)

The Role of Media in a World of Fake News

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KCTS 9 and its Community Advisory Board is convening a series of conversations around topics of importance for communities in our region. On November 30th, we will be hosting an expert panel at Vancity Theatre in Vancouver to discuss the critical issue of the media's role in a world of "fake news"

At a time when facts are opinions and opinions are facts, what is the role of media to present the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? And how compelling is this 'truth' to the public? It's a troubling time and media's role - and responsibility - in these affairs is being challenged in unprecedented ways. What's the solution and how can society successfully trust media again? 

KCTS 9’s Enrique Cerna moderates a community conversation featuring Founder of The Tyee David Beers, Associate Publisher of The Globe and Mail Jim Jennings, Managing Editor of Crosscut Florangela Davila and News Director for CBC News Wayne Williams in discussion on the role of media in a world of 'fake news'. 


Where: Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St. Vancouver, BC V6B 2E8

When: Thursday, November 30th, 2017
Time: Doors at 5:30 p.m. | Start at 6:15 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. To ensure seating, we highly recommend RSVP’ing to the event. Seating is based on a first-come, first-served basis.

Light refreshments will be served prior to start time. 


About the panelists: 

David Beers founded The Tyee, a top independent Canadian news site. Beers was senior editor at Mother Jones, San Francisco Examiner and Vancouver Sun. His writing has won National Magazine Awards in the U.S. and Canada. He is an adjunct professor at UBC Graduate School of Journalism and SFU School of

Jim Jennings is currently the Associate Publisher for The Globe and Mail. Prior to this, he was Vice-President Western Canadafor The Globe and Mail; president, revenue and business development of the Canadian Press Association; editor-in-chief of The Toronto Sun; vice-president and editorial director with Thomson Newspapers North America; and group managing editor of Thomson Regional Newspapers in the UK. He has also held a variety of other editorial and consulting positions with 400 newspapers and media companies in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Jim has a MSJ and a Ph.D. from Ohio University.


Florangela Davila is the Managing Editor at Crosscut. A veteran Seattle journalist, she worked for 14 years as a staff reporter covering race, immigration and features at The Seattle Times. She's been a longtime arts contributor to KNXK-FM as well as Crosscut. Her work has also appeared on NPR and in Seattle magazine. Florangela is a former faculty member at the University of Washington. Prior to Crosscut, she served as the Voices of the Region director for Seattle nonprofit Forterra where she launched Ampersand the print magazine and executive produced Ampersand Live, a stage show. 


For event and registration questions, please contact our Community Engagement Manager, Andrea O'Meara at at or 206.443.6686.




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Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour St.
Vancouver, BC V6B 2E8

Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (PST)

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