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April 10, 2017, 11:28 a.m.
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LINK: www.youtube.com  ➚   |   Posted by: Laura Hazard Owen   |   April 10, 2017

If you weren’t in Italy the past few days, here are a few sessions to watch from the International Journalism Festival, which took place April 5–9 in Perugia. Videos of all the sessions are here, and the hashtag is here.

Fake news was, not surprisingly, a big topic; here’s Facebook’s Aine Kerr, journalist Mark Little, Poynter’s Alexios Mantzarlis, BuzzFeed’s Craig Silverman, and First Draft News’s Claire Wardle:

Data journalist and Elon professor Jonathan Albright and Polis director Charlie Beckett’s panel was based off Albright’s Guardian article about the increasing power of platforms:

Facebook, meanwhile, made a big effort to show that it cares about journalists. Adam Mosseri, Facebook’s VP of News Feed, gave a keynote and did a follow-up Q&A with Jeff Jarvis.

“The company sent what festival organizer Chris Potter told BuzzFeed News was roughly 30 employees to give workshops and to sit on panels about contentious topics such as fake news and online misinformation. A phalanx of PR staff set up private meetings with Mosseri and select journalists,” BuzzFeed’s Craig Silverman noted.

The Reuters Institute’s Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, De Correspondent cofounder Ernst-Jan Pfauth, El Confidencial’s Daniele Grasso, and OCCRP Ukraine editor Anna Babinets discused models for digital journalism in Europe:

Greg Barber, director digital news projects at The Washington Post, Trollbusters founder Michelle Ferrier, Spiegel Online editor-in-chief Barbara Hans, and Gavin Rees, director of Dart Center Europe, discussed online harassment coping strategies for journalists.

And Vice’s Milène Larsson, BuzzFeed U.K.’s Stuart Millar, the Reuters Institute’s James Painter, and Quartz’s Akshat Rathi discussed covering climate change in new ways.

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