When Truth Becomes Fiction and Fiction Becomes Truth
Sat. 10/7, 2:00pm–3:00pm
PANELISTS: Jonathan Albright, Research Director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University; Molly Dewolf Swenson, Co-Founder & Head of Brand, RYOT; Adam Mordecai, Head Editor, Upworthy

MODERATOR: Georgia Francis King, Deputy Ideas Editor, Quartz

We're living in a world that feels like the plot line of a summer-hit blockbuster; turn on a TV and you are now no longer sure if you're watching CNN, Comedy Central or HBO. Journalists and documentary filmmakers have traditionally educated audiences about fact-based news, but this role is changing as they grapple with a new media landscape that feels increasingly less real. The emergence of "fake news" has shaken the public's trust in mainstream media outlets and social-media statuses alike. When you add sensationalistic narratives that exchange honesty and transparency for eyes and ad dollars, audiences begin to seek whichever version of reality they want to believe.