Free State Festival to feature panel discussion on fake news, other threats to journalism

photo by: Chris Conde/Journal-World file photo

This photo from Sept. 15, 2018 shows the Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St. The museum will host "Enemy of the People? Newspaper Reporting in the Era of #FakeNews" at noon on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Members of the public will have a chance to ask real questions about the topic of fake news as the Free State Festival concludes this weekend in Lawrence.

The Journal-World is hosting a panel discussion on the topic of fake news and other threats to journalism at noon on Saturday at the Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St.

The event is titled “Enemy of the People? Newspaper Reporting in the Era of #FakeNews.” The panel includes four longtime journalists: Chad Lawhorn of the Journal-World; Tim Carpenter of the Topeka Capital-Journal; Dena Sattler of the Garden City Telegram; and Dave Helling of the Kansas City Star. Rob Karwath, a journalism instructor at the University of Kansas and general manager for the student-run University Daily Kansan will moderate the discussion.

“We are pleased to host the forum,” said Lawhorn, editor of the Journal-World. “It is important for journalists to communicate to the public how serious we take our obligation to be fair and accurate in the work that we do. And we need to hear the concerns and understand the perspectives of people who have questions about how we report the news.”

Members of the public will be given a chance to ask questions of the group.

The event, which is free to attend, is scheduled to end at 1:30 p.m. Shortly after, the Free State Festival will feature a screening of the film “William Allen White: What’s the Matter with Kansas?” The documentary looks at the work of famed Emporia Gazette editor and the role he played in combating the Ku Klux Klan in Kansas. The screening, which has an $8 admission, includes a question and answer session with director Kevin Willmott and editor and co-writer Mark Von Schlemmer. The screening is set for 2:30 p.m. at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St.


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