Bad News: From PR to Fake News, why the media fall for falsehoods – Michael Marshall

Thursday 17 August 2017, 7:50 pm - 8:50 pm
At: Banshee Labyrinth, 29-35 Niddry Street, EH1 1LG

Michael Marshall – Bad News: From PR to Fake News, why the media fall for falsehoods

“You can’t believe everything you read in the papers.” Everyone knows this, but few people realise this truism extends far beyond the celebrity pages and gossip columns, and spills into ‘real’ news. Here, the near-invisible influence of PR companies is often pivotal in deciding what news gets told, and how it gets reported. By taking a brief look at the history of modern journalism, and using real examples taken from recent headlines, Michael Marshall will show why you really, really can’t believe everything you read in the papers.

Michael Marshall is the Project Director of the Good Thinking Society and the Vice President of the Merseyside Skeptics Society. He has written for the Guardian, The Times and New Statesman, and coverage of his work has appeared in newspapers across the world. Michael is a visiting lecturer for the Journalism and PR departments at the University of Sunderland and Sheffield Hallam University, where he lectures on the ethics of journalism and public relations.

Twitter – @MrMMarsh

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