The 100th AEJMC Annual Conference
Closing the Gap: Media, Research and the Profession
#AEJMC17 Welcomes Craig Silverman as Keynote
Craig Silverman, the internationally renowned expert on verification and “fake news,” will be the keynote speaker at AEJMC’s 2017 Conference in Chicago.
His address will take place during the keynote session, which begins at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, August 9. In keeping with this year’s theme (“Closing the Gap: Media, Research and the Profession”), Silverman’s talk is entitled “Fake News, Real Opportunity: Why Journalists and Academics Must Work Together.”
Silverman has been the media editor for BuzzFeed News since December 2016.
In his keynote, Silverman will describe his recent project at BuzzFeed on partisan news, as an example of a collaboration between journalists and media researchers. He said he wants to encourage work that “combines the speed, accessibility, and impact of journalism with the methodological rigor, deep analysis, and facility with data of academic research.” He also cited the current misinformation phenomenon – a.k.a. fake news – as “the kind of the topic that can benefit greatly from academic/professional collaboration because it’s global, complex and involves huge amounts of data.”
Before he joined BuzzFeed, he wrote a column for the Poynter Institute about verification and media errors called Regret the Error, and also wrote a book by the same name. Prior to that he was the managing editor of PBS MediaShift, and he was also the editorial director of OpenFile, a crowdsourced news startup covering six Canadian cities. In 2014, while he was doing a fellowship at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Silverman launched a web-based startup called Emergent.info that was devoted to crowdsourcing the fact-checking of fake news. He is also editor of the widely used Verification Handbook: A Definitive Guide to Verifying Digital Content for Emergency Coverage, which is now available online in 10 languages (www.verificationhandbook.com).
Immediately after the keynote address and question-answer period (about 8:15 p.m.), we will adjourn to the Opening Reception, which will feature light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.
— contributed by Paul Voakes, 2016-17 AEJMC President