National Press Club

Symposium at Club to explore key journalism issues, April 25

April 17, 2019 | By Adam Shapiro |

Is the First Amendment still relevant in the age of social media? How can we be sure that what we’re reading and watching is true? What can social media platforms do to curtail the spread of misinformation and lies? How can journalists make the best use of social media?

All these questions, and others, will be explored by journalists, social media experts and legal scholars at the Missouri–Hurley and Price Sloan Symposium, "Free Speech, Free Press or Free For All” Thursday, April 25, at the National Press Club.

The event, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., is sponsored in partnership with the National Press Club Journalism Institute. Register online for the free event.

The keynote luncheon speaker will be Brian Stelter, chief media correspondent for CNN Worldwide and anchor of “Reliable Sources,” a weekly program that examines top media stories and journalism practices. Stelter reports for CNN Media and writes a nightly e-newsletter. He is a former New York Times media reporter and author of the best seller, "Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV."

A legal panel at the event will include:

- Anupam Chander, professor of law, Georgetown University
- Jenn Daskal, associate professor of law, American University
- Jerry Ellig, professor, The George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center
- Jeff Koseff, assistant professor of cybersecurity law, U.S. Naval Academy’s Cyber Science
- David Vladeck, former director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade
Commission, A.B. Chettle Chair in Civil Procedure, Georgetown University
- Moderator: Sam Halabi, director of the Center for Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship
and associate professor of law, University of Missouri School of Law

A panel of journalists will include:

- Manuel Garcia, standards editor, Gannett
- Angie Holan, Washington bureau chief, PolitiFact
- Cecilia Kang, technology reporter, The New York Times
- James Warren, executive editor, NewsGuard, former chief media writer, Poynter Institute
- Hannah Wise, audience development editor, Dallas Morning News
- Moderator: Barbara Cochran, Curtis B. Hurley chair in Public Affairs Journalism and
Washington Program director, University of Missouri School of Journalism