SPJ forum: ‘Finding real facts in an alternative fact world’

The Bluegrass Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists held a free public forum Thursday evening at the Lexington Public Library, attracting a large crowd with an impressive panel of journalists. The topic was: “Finding real facts in an alternative fact world.”

This weekly discussion series of challenges facing journalism is co-sponsored by the UK School of Journalism and Media, Department of Communication, the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center, and the UK Campus Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

More information will be forthcoming in story form as well as a link to a video of the entire discussion.

Citizens listen to a panel discussion for the public about the role of the news media hosted by the Bluegrass Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Chapter at the Central Library, downtown Lexington, Thurs., February 23. (Photo by Yung Soo Kim/ UK School of Journalism and Media)

Kentucky Press Association President Ryan Craig (left), publisher of the award-winning Todd County Standard, talks about the fake news phenomenon during a panel discussion for the public about the role of the news media hosted by the Bluegrass Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Chapter at the Central Library, downtown Lexington, Thurs., February 23. The panel, moderated by Ginny Whitehouse, EKU professor, included Tom Eblen (second from left), columnist and former managing editor of the Lexington Herald-Leader, Campbell Robertson, reporter for The New York Times (third from left), Kathy Stone (second from right), news director of WLEX-TV, and  media critic Jim Waters (right) of the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions. (Photo by Yung Soo Kim/ UK School of Journalism and Media)

Warren Wheat, former editor of the Elizabethtown News Enterprise attended the SPJ Forum Thursday evening and asked a question of the panel participating in the SPJ forum on the role of the news media.

KPA President Ryan Craig, left, makes a point to the audience during the SPJ Public Forum. Shown with Ryan are Campbell Robertson, with the New York Times, and moderator Dr. Ginny Whitehouse.

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