Westminster Media Forum

Next steps for tackling fake news

Morning, Thursday, 26th April 2018

Central London


This timely seminar will bring out latest thinking on addressing the challenge of fake news, options for policy and implications for the news industry, the digital sector and society more widely.

It takes place with the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee conducting its inquiry examining the impact of fake news and its financial context, and the Government consulting on the Internet Safety Strategy, looking at transparency and digital literacy.

Delegates will discuss options for regulation and self-governance, next steps for developing public awareness and supporting greater media literacy, and the degree to which fake news is affecting public trust in media organisations and political institutions.

They will also assess latest strategies for tackling fake news distribution, including the use and potential limitations of fact-checkers, cross-sector collaboration and industry initiatives, and investment in evidence-based journalism.

Guest of Honour

Jimmy Wales

Co-founder, Wikipedia and Founder, Wikitribune

Guest of Honour

Jimmy Wales

Co-founder, Wikipedia and Founder, Wikitribune


Professor Sonia Livingstone

Professor of Social Psychology and Head, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science

Dorothy Byrne

Head of News and Current Affairs, Channel 4

Ian Murray

Executive Director, Society of Editors

Professor Richard Sambrook

Deputy Head, School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and Director, Centre for Journalism, Cardiff University

Mick Hume

Editor-at-large, Spiked

Kathryn Geels

Policy, Strategy & Research Lead (Creative Industries), Digital Catapult and Media Innovation Consultant

David Elms

UK Head of Media, KPMG

Daniel Bruce

Chief Executive Officer, Internews

David Engel

Partner, Addleshaw Goddard