In 2013, the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report warned of the threat from a digitized, globalized media space used to intentionally spread misinformation. Three years later, “fake news” shaped the U.S. election and redefined the relations between politics, media and the truth.

On Thursday, May 16, join media experts and professionals as they discuss what constitutes "fake news" and the impact of this growing problem on the media landscape, politics, governance and democracy. With particular focus on Israel and the United States, the panel will examine recent global trends and challenges regarding facts and news and the role politicians, media owners, journalists and citizens play in the circulation and consumption of fake news.

The event, titled “‘Fake News’: New Media and the Changing Political Culture in the U.S. and Israel,” begins at 3:30 p.m. and goes until 5 p.m. It will be held in Royce Hall, Room 314.

The panel will be moderated by Liron Lavi, research fellow at the UCLA Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies whose current research focuses on the recent 2015 and 2019 Israeli elections and the 2016 U.S. elections and how new media affects democracy and its legitimacy.

Panelists include: Tim Groeling, UCLA professor of communication and a scholar of political communications and new media; Anat Balint is a media scholar and lecturer at Tel Aviv University, an expert in the political economy of the media and a member of the editorial board of The Seventh Eye Israeli media watchdog. Balint was also a media correspondent for the newspaper Haaretz; Jane Elizabeth, managing editor of The News & Observer and The Herald-Sun in North Carolina, and former director of the American Press Institute’s Accountability Journalism Program; and Eytan Gilboa, professor and director of the Center for International Communication at Bar-Ilan University in Israel and an expert on international communication, public diplomacy and U.S. policy in the Middle East.