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The Era of Noise: From Fake News to the Future of Journalism

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Tue, October 26, 2021
05:00PM - 06:00PM
Virtual Event, Sacramento CA 95814
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Patrick Fitzgerald, BA '08

The Era of Noise: From “Fake News” to the Future of Journalism

Traditional journalism faces a crisis on many fronts. From staff cutbacks prompted by reductions in revenue to a credibility crisis fueled by a collapse of public trust in the media. Restoring respect for credible fact-based news is a paramount priority for any society that wants to maintain its democracy. How did we get to this point? What can we do about the problem? How are traditional media organizations coping? Stanford lecturer Janine Zacharia shares her expert perspective on these topics, grounded in two decades of reporting on the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy before coming to Stanford to teach journalism fundamentals. She’ll discuss these changes to the industry and how we can become more informed media consumers.

Sacramento Stanford Association member Alexei Koseff, '12, MA '13, a state capitol reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, will facilitate the discussion.


Janine Zacharia is the Carlos Kelly McClatchy Lecturer in Communication where she teaches nuts-and-bolts journalism skills and how to understand the changing news environment. She writes regularly about foreign affairs, the intersection of technology and national security, and media trends for the San Francisco Chronicle, and other news outlets. Formerly, Zacharia was Jerusalem Bureau Chief and Middle East Correspondent for the Washington Post. As chief diplomatic correspondent for Bloomberg News, she traveled to more than 40 countries with then U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other senior administration and military officials. She was a regular contributor to the New Republic and has appeared routinely as a cable news analyst on MSNBC, CNN and other networks. From 2008-2009, Zacharia was awarded a Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University.

Alexei Koseff, '12, MA '13, is a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. He covers Governor Gavin Newsom and the California capitol out of the Chronicle’s Sacramento bureau.

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