The Wits Journalism Programme is proud to invite you to the launch of State of the Newsroom 2017: Fakers and Makers

Date: Friday March 2, 2018
Venue: Wits Club, Wits University
Time: 10am-12pm.

Panel discussion: Are we making too much fuss about fake news?

Mathatha Tsedu in discussion with Kenneth Makatees, acting head of news at the SABC, and Simon Marks, ENCA correspondent in the US currently in South Africa.

2017 was a busy year: The Times closing down, changes in ownership at ANN7 and Mail & Guardian, fake news, digital migration, the crisis at the public broadcaster, and corruption and state
capture, all featuring as key media-related threads and stories throughout the year. While State of the Newsroom looks back at key moments that impacted on the media landscape during the year, we also highlight the problem of fake news, and ask: is fact-checking journalism the answer to a world that does not seem to care much about the truth?

Finally, for the first time, we publish our newsroom survey – an attempt to map the roles, demographics and experience in a cross section of newsrooms in the country. Given the retrenchments and downsizing in the newsrooms, and the migration to digital news, amongst other seismic changes, what do newsrooms look like now? What roles do journalists perform, and just how junior are the journalists making the news?

So join us for a lively debate and discussion on the state of the newsroom today!

Tea/Coffee and snacks will be served.

RSVP: By 28th February 2018