Public event with visiting professor Craig Silverman

Craig SilvermanCanadian entrepreneurial journalist, author and media critic Craig Silverman will be joining us at the Graduate School of Journalism from Jan. 19-21 as part of the Canwest visiting professor program.  Please RSVP your attendance here.

Silverman’s time at UBC will include a free public lecture Jan. 21 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. (refreshments and registration start at 6:30pm) at UBC Robson Square (C400, lower level).

His lecture, “The Hoax Economy: why our online world is awash in dubious rumours, hoaxes and fake news” will cover the human, financial, technological and societal factors that combine to make fake news and images such a powerful force online.

Craig Silverman’s new project with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism asks one question: Is it true? The site, Emergent, focuses on how misinformation permeates across media, and through a rigorous verification process, works to debunk those rumours in real-time.

In guest lectures at the School of Journalism, Silverman will address the digital landscape, how rumours are spread and what journalists can do to report the truth.

Silverman founded the award-winning website, Regret the Error, which in 2011 was adopted by the Poynter Institute. He was also a member of the team that launched OpenFile.ca.

Previously Silverman was managing editor of PBS MediaShift and Idea Lab. He was also a columnist and blogger for The Globe And Mail, and a columnist for Columbia Journalism Review, the Toronto Star and BusinessJournalism.org.