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Friday, August 25


The F-word: BuzzFeed's misinformation expert Craig Silverman on fake news

How the internet turned fake news into a real threat, and what the media can do about it.

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Craig Silverman

Media editor, BuzzFeed News
Craig Silverman is an award-winning author and journalist and one of the world's leading experts on online misinformation, fake news, and content verification. He is the Media Editor of BuzzFeed News where he leads a global beat covering platforms, online misinformation, and fake... Read More →

Friday August 25, 2017 15:05 - 15:35
Brisbane Powerhouse Terrace 119 Lamington St, New Farm QLD 4005, Australia
Monday, August 28


Tools for Truth: Global media in the digital age (Free Sydney Ideas event)

Forget what you think you know about fake news. Our neighbours in Asia have been dealing with fake news, lies and propaganda for years. More recently, the same technology and social media platforms that have enabled political participation and social change have become a battleground for “weaponised” internet warriors to spread misinformation. And sometimes the perpetrators are governments themselves. Our global panel will discuss how citizens, journalists and publishers are fighting back with fact-checking, verification, data-driven reporting and collaborations across borders.


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Aim Sinpeng

Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney
Dr Aim Sinpeng’s research interests centre on the relationships between digital media, political participation and political regimes in Southeast Asia. She is particularly interested in the role of social media in shaping state-society relations and inducing political and social... Read More →

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Matt Davis

Videojournalist, ABC TV Foreign Correspondent
Matt Davis has worked as a multi-skilled journalist/producer/cameraman throughout the world’s metropolises and backwaters. Currently based at the ABC's Foreign Correspondent, Matt's recent work includes the AACTA and Walkley Award nominated documentary #BlackLivesMatter, interactive... Read More →

Maria Ressa

CEO; Executive Editor, Rappler.com
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Siddharth Varadarajan

The Wire
Siddharth Varadarajan is a Founding Editor of The Wire (www.thewire.in), India's leading independent news and analysis site. He was earlier the editor in chief of The Hindu newspaper. A trained economist, he taught at New York University before joining The Times of India as a leader writer in 1995. As a reporter, he has covered the NATO war against Yu... Read More →

Monday August 28, 2017 18:00 - 19:30
Sydney Uni Law School Foyer Level 2, Sydney Law School, Eastern Avenue, the University of Sydney


Fighting the fakes — Free event, co-presented with RMIT

Fighting the fakes:

Presented by RMIT and the Walkley Foundation as part of Storyology

An entire verification ecosystem has sprung up to fight the problem of misinformation (y’know, “fake news”). From tech solutions to business models and strategies, hear from some of the superheroes focused on rebuilding trust in journalism and facts. Our panel, a veritable justice league for journalism, are fact-checkers, contextualisers, debunkers and educators employing an arsenal of new tech solutions and old-fashioned journalistic techniques. They’ll talk about how the media’s responsibilities to the public are changing now that everyone is a witness and it’s shockingly easy to fabricate facts.

This is a free event, but registration is essential. Register on Eventbrite


Russell Skelton

Founding director, RMIT ABC Fact Check

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Gordon Farrer

Chief academic investigator, RMIT ABC Fact Check
Gordon Farrer is chief academic investigator for RMIT ABC Fact Check and a lecturer in the RMIT School of Media and Communication’s journalism program. Before moving into academia he was a journalist for more than 25 years, having worked in the magazine and newspaper industries... Read More →
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Frédéric Filloux

Editor, Monday Note
Frédéric Filloux is currently International Fellow at the John S. Knight Fellowships at Stanford University.  He is also the editor of the Monday Note, a newsletter / blog that covers digital business models and technology since 2007. His co-author is Jean-Louis Gassée, a tech... Read More →
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Irene Jay Liu

News Lab Lead, Asia Pacific, Google
Irene Jay Liu leads Google News Lab in the Asia-Pacific region, based in Singapore. She was previously an investigative reporter and data editor at Reuters, where she was a 2017 Pulitzer finalist in the national reporting category, and taught data-driven investigative journalism at... Read More →
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Kate Torney

CEO, State Library of Victoria
Kate Torney was announced as the new Chief Executive Officer of the State Library of Victoria in July 2015.  SLV is Victoria’s oldest cultural institution and Australia’s busiest public library with around 1.9 million visitors each year over 4 million visits online. Kate is the... Read More →

Monday August 28, 2017 18:30 - 19:45
State Library of Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette 328 Swanston Street Melbourne, VIC 3000
Tuesday, August 29


Verification and user-generated content workshop with Storyful's Esther Chan

An ever-popular practical session that’s been a Storyology favourite for the past two years. Learn the latest tools and practices for verifying eyewitness and citizen accounts online, with the team from the world’s first social media agency, Storyful. Led by Esther Chan and the Storyful team.

This workshop is free, but registration is essential.
Register on Eventbrite here.

This event is supported by Storyful.
The Walkley training program is supported by the Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund.

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Esther Chan

Australia editor, Storyful
Esther Chan is the acting Australia Editor at Storyful, the world’s first social media agency that has been at the forefront of news integrity and literacy. Previously a world news journalist for Storyful in its Hong Kong bureau, she has been searching and acquiring user-generated... Read More →

Tuesday August 29, 2017 10:00 - 12:00
Walkley/MEAA Conference Room Ground floor, 245 Chalmers St, Redfern, NSW 2016


Fake News Fightback – Lunch talk, co-presented with Melbourne Press Club

President Donald Trump’s obsession with “fake news” has America a-twitter with distrust for the fourth estate. But it’s also a boon for investigative journalists. Activists are agitating, minorities are calling to have their voices heard and the Black Lives Matter movement is picking up steam.

To discuss it all we welcome two talented American reporters. Tonya Mosley is public radio station KQED’s senior Silicon Valley reporter. She won an Emmy in 2016 for her televised piece “Beyond Ferguson”, and has built a curriculum for journalists to address implicit bias. Emmy-nominated investigative reporter and author Aaron Glantz has turned his attention to Trump after years covering the war in Iraq and the lives of returned veterans. Beyond the big questions such as whether the election was fixed, he’s been digging into the paper trail on Trump associates.

At this special event jointly hosted by the Walkley Foundation’s Storyology series and the Melbourne Press Club – Mosley and Glantz will discuss the challenges for the United States and its media, and how newsrooms can work smarter, dig deeper and rebuild trust in great journalism.


$48 for members and students – MEAA members are eligible for the member rate. 
$68 for non-members
(Includes two courses and a drink)
All prices are GST inclusive

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Aaron Glantz

Senior reporter, Reveal (Center for Investigative Reporting)
Aaron Glantz is a senior reporter at Reveal who produces public interest journalism with impact. His reporting has sparked more than a dozen Congressional hearings, a raft of federal legislation and led to criminal probes by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI and the Federal... Read More →
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Tonya Mosley

Senior Silicon Valley correspondent, KQED
Tonya Mosley is the senior Silicon Valley correspondent for KQED in San Francisco. Previously, she was a John S. Knight fellow at Stanford University, where she created a curriculum for journalists on the impacts of implicit bias. Tonya also co-wrote a Belgian/American experimental... Read More →

Tuesday August 29, 2017 12:00 - 14:00
Mr Hive Kitchen & Bar, Crown Metropol Hotel 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank, VIC
Wednesday, August 30


International keynote: Facebook's Áine Kerr

Launched in January 2017, the FJP’s mission is to strengthen Facebook’s relationships with the news industry by developing new tools and trainings for both journalists and news consumers. Facebook’s manager of journalism partnerships, Aine Kerr, will discuss the efforts thus far and what’s ahead.

+ Q&A with Marc Fennell, ABC/SBS

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Marc Fennell

Presenter, SBS2 The Feed, SBS & ABC
Marc Fennell is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, author, critic and the host of SBS VICELAND’s nightly news show The Feed. In a career spanning the BBC, Network Ten, Foxtel and the ABC, Marc has interviewed everyone from Julian Assange to Tom Cruise. Marc also hosts ABC... Read More →

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Áine Kerr

Manager, Global Journalism Partnerships, Facebook
Áine Kerr leads global journalism partnerships at Facebook, overseeing a team focused on building products, tools and services for journalists and also working to improve news literacy for news consumers. Previously, she spent five years at Storyful, where she served as head of content... Read More →

Wednesday August 30, 2017 10:30 - 11:10
Eternity Playhouse, Sydney 39 Burton St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010


Presentation: Frédéric Filloux on the News Quality Scoring Project
Filloux's new project is intended to boost quality journalism and fight fake news by using an algorithm to rate the trustworthiness of digital stories.

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Frédéric Filloux

Editor, Monday Note
Frédéric Filloux is currently International Fellow at the John S. Knight Fellowships at Stanford University.  He is also the editor of the Monday Note, a newsletter / blog that covers digital business models and technology since 2007. His co-author is Jean-Louis Gassée, a tech... Read More →

Wednesday August 30, 2017 14:35 - 15:05
Eternity Playhouse, Sydney 39 Burton St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Thursday, August 31


International keynote: Disinformation & the Mob, Maria Ressa, Rappler CEO

Disinformation & the Mob

A look at how a state-controlled social media propaganda machine incites hate and erodes trust in media and other institutions in the Philippines. A combination of bots, fake accounts, and fake news are weakening democracy and plunging the country into a spiral of silence.

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Maria Ressa

CEO; Executive Editor, Rappler.com

Thursday August 31, 2017 10:40 - 11:20
Eternity Playhouse, Sydney 39 Burton St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010