RMIT is bringing together a distinguished panel of journalists and editors to discuss one of the biggest challenges facing journalists today.
The event on Monday 10 October will focus on whether journalistic objectivity can survive in an environment where information – and misinformation – is freely available from multiple sources.
Maree Curtis, who manages the Graduate Diploma in Journalism at RMIT, said: “Journalistic objectivity is one of the foundations of traditional journalism.
“Journalists are trained to be fair and balanced in their reporting and if we suspect what somebody is saying is incorrect or, worse, a deliberate lie, we seek comment from other sources to give audiences the ‘other side’.
“But now audiences get their information from multiple sources and often seek out information that agrees with, rather than challenges, their already held views.
“Often these sources offer nothing more than opinion and sometimes they are deliberately false, mendacious and designed to mislead.
“What these new times of multiple information channels mean for media outlets and how this will change journalism is one of the big questions facing the industry.
“We are thrilled to bring together a distinguished panel to discuss this question, all of whom are members of RMIT’s Journalism Program Advisory Committee.”
What: RMIT Journalism Symposium – Fact or Fiction: Does Anybody Care?
When: Monday 10 October, 6pm - 8pm
Where: State Library of Victoria, Roadshow Theatrette, Entrance 3, 179 La Trobe Street
· Mark Baker - CEO, Press Club Melbourne
· Helen Trinca - Managing Editor, The Australian
· Misha Katchell - Managing Editor, The Conversation
· Jane Wardell - Bureau Chief, Reuters Australia & New Zealand
For interviews: Maree Curtis, (03) 9925 2907 or 0400 195 041.
For general media enquiries: David Glanz, (03) 9925 2807 or 0438 547 723.