The Division of Emerging Media Studies held the Journalism and the Search for Truth in an Age of Social Media conference April 24-25, 2017 at Boston University. This public event examined whether social media-based production and consumption of news poses not only unprecedented challenges to journalism’s gatekeeper role in society but also to democratic processes themselves. Social media’s effects reverberate around the world, altering events on a global scale. Although there is a constantly changing kaleidoscope of particular manifestations of these challenges, questions of credibility and truthfulness as represented through information outlets have recently gained renewed prominence.
For more information about this event, please visit our conference website here.