Journalism: A Tense Present and Future
Organizer: Association of Former Members of Congress
At a time where international institutions of all kinds are under siege, and behavioral guardrails in politics are disappearing, voters around the world rely on accurate facts to make the decision on who they trust to lead their nations. However, in the United States and abroad, misinformation, social media, and interference by foreign governments is making an informed, engaged electorate harder than ever to maintain. FMC has collected a panel of journalists from across the world to discuss the causes, and solutions, to a crisis of fact around our globe.
The roundtable will be moderated by former U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei, who has a unique outlook on these questions. He has worked as a journalist, as a Congressional staffer in charge of guiding message creation, and as a Member of Congress, who was under the eye of the media all day. The roundtable will address several topics, including coverage of the United States Presidential election, how people around the world view journalism and journalists, and if the industry can increase trust by their consumers.