“Trump, Twitter and Fake News: How Journalists Can Build Credibility by Opening Up Their Work” with David Fahrenthold
October 26, 2017 | 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
How should the press adapt when those in power use the epithet “fake news” to attack real reporting? Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post, offers suggestions for both reporters and news consumers on navigating this new era. He will discuss how journalists can open up their own reporting process through social media, show the public the work that underlies their stories and invite readers in as collaborators. He shares how reporters and readers can avoid passing on actual fake news, by examining the news sources and the individual stories that they read, especially those stories and sources that confirm their own views of the world.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Fahrenthold used social media to follow-up on Donald Trump’s pledge to donate money to veterans groups. Posting his reporter’s notes on Twitter to solicit leads, Fahrenthold uncovered Trump’s questionable charitable practices and found no evidence that Trump donated money to veterans groups as he’d claimed. Fahrenthold was also the first reporter to reveal the existence of the “Access Hollywood” 2005 video in which Trump bragged about groping women. For his series of stories, Fahrenthold won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.
A graduate of Harvard, Fahrenthold has been at The Washington Post since 2000. There he reports on President Trump’s businesses and conflicts of interest. He previously covered the police in Washington, D.C., the environment, New England, Congress and the federal bureaucracy for the paper.
This event is co-sponsored by Communication Studies, the Department of English Language and Literature and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.