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International Journalism in the Digital Age: Sorting Through the Information Chaos

April 19, 2023: A roundtable dialogue on international journalism in the digital age, featuring BBC News Senior Disinformation Journalist Fauziyyah Tukur and World Press Institute fellows from 10 countries.

April 19, 2023

6:00—8:00 PM PT

World Affairs Center

World Affairs

“Fake news” has become common vocabulary, but what does it mean and how does it impact everyday life? How are journalists around the world combating and reporting on misinformation? How does a free press influence democratic governance?
The field of journalism has drastically changed. The digital transition took us from typewriters to AI-generated text, and along the way local news outlets capitulated to larger international outlets. More people are getting local news and information from social media, even though UNESCO considers these platforms to be an “existential threat” to traditional, trustworthy news sources. The 2022 World Press Freedom Index published by Reporters Without Borders reveals a two-fold increase in polarization amplified by information chaos – the effects of a globalized and unregulated online information space that encourages fake news and propaganda.

This ecosystem of information chaos is able to sow doubt and fear which influence everyday decisions, the outcomes of national elections, and how we understand our connected world.

World Affairs is thrilled to host World Press Institute journalism fellows from democracies around the world in person on Wednesday, April 19 at 6:00 PM PT for a roundtable discussion on the state of journalism in the digital age. They’ll walk you through the major issues facing their respective countries (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Turkey)—and their firsthand experience covering these stories in the age of misinformation.

About the World Press Institute

World Press Institute was established in 1961 to strengthen and promote the founding principles and best practices of journalism in the United States and around the world that lead to transparency and accountability of the government and private sectors. Each year, WPI brings together 10 professional journalists from all over the world and immerses them in the governance, politics, business, media, journalistic ethics and culture of the United States, they learn about the roles and responsibilities and evolving business models of the US media, while engaging in the life and times surrounding them.


World Press Institute journalism fellows


Ray Suarez, journalist and “On Shifting Ground” host