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Journalism in a Post-Truth Era: A Harvard event

An event held January 31, 2017, cosponsored by the Harvard president’s office, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism, and the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy.

“I am an absolute stickler in all of our coverage for precision in language because, as you say, words are loaded. They have political meanings, they have cultural meanings, and they have identities that go beyond simple words.”
“Joe McCarthy, you know, was very successful before the Internet, before social media. George Wallace won five states in 1968…So I think it’s too simple to assume that all of our problems are due to this.”
“I’m here to remind you today that great journalism can also find ordinary, regular people and find the extraordinary in what they do.”
“Many Americans — I would say, on a positive day, most Americans — do care about sources of information, do care about the truth.”
“It’s one of those things that a lot of us had gotten into our business to do: to have impact, to change the world, whether you worked for the opinion pages or the newsroom.”
Top journalists from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and the Nieman Foundation discuss the path forward for reporting in the Trump era.
Reporters and editors from prominent news organizations waded through the challenges (new and old) of reporting in the current political climate during a Harvard University event on Tuesday night.