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Science and Media Museum

Fake news on trial

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Do media and cultural organisations share some responsibility for the emergence of the fake news phenomenon?

How can transparency and the authority of information be maintained in an age when the media landscape is changing faster and more significantly than ever?

On the internet, in the news and in the museum, what strategies can be adopted to respond to and engage with changing currents and conflicting viewpoints within society?

These were just a few of the questions raised by the creation of our Fake News exhibition. In this special one-off event, our panel will debate how museums and news organisations can deal with the challenges of ‘post-truth’ reporting. You’ll also have a chance to add your own voice to the discussion.

Our special guests will include award-winning broadcaster Samira Ahmed, presenter of the BBC’s Newswatch and Front Row; Natalie Kane, Curator of Digital Design at the Victoria and Albert Museum; John Lubbock, Communications Coordinator at Wikimedia UK; and representatives from the Division of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford.

The panel will be chaired by John O’Shea, Senior Exhibitions Manager at the National Science and Media Museum, and is presented in partnership with the Division of Peace Studies and International Development at the University of Bradford.

Speaker biographies

Samira Ahmed

Samira Ahmed is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster, and a visiting professor of Journalism at Kingston University with a special focus on culture and its overlap with politics. She presents the weekly programme Newswatch on BBC One and is one of the main presenters of the BBC Radio 4 Arts programme Front Row. Samira was previously a presenter and correspondent at Channel 4 News, where she won the Stonewall Broadcast of the Year award. She writes regularly on culture and politics in newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The New Statesman and The Mail on Sunday.

Natalie Kane

Natalie Kane is a curator, writer and researcher based in London. She is Curator of Digital Design at the Victoria and Albert Museum. As an educator, Natalie has guest lectured at London College of Communications and Design Academy Eindhoven; is a Visiting Tutor at the Instituto de Europea Design in Barcelona; previously taught at the Royal Institute of Theatre, Cinema and Sound in Brussels; and has delivered workshops for the 2017 Malta Presidency of the Council of the European Union for Austrian artist group Time’s Up.

John Lubbock

John Lubbock is Communications Coordinator at Wikimedia UK. John is responsible for promoting the work of Wikimedia and its community, engaging institutions and the public in Wikimedia’s work, and explaining what the organisation does through writing and content production.

Peace Studies and International Development at the University of Bradford

The Division of Peace Studies and International Development combines one of the oldest Peace Studies teaching departments in the world and the legacy of BCID (Bradford Centre for International Development). BCID is a centre of global reputation which has seen knowledge transfer and the study of applied development practice since 1969.

This event forms part of Digital Cultures, a quarterly series of dialogue events running through 2017/18, supported by Arts Council England.