Thursday 9th May

Junk Mail: The Power of Fake News
Venue: The Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BX
Time: 7pm 
Tickets: £6/£3 (Students/Over 60s/Unemployed)

News is information and information is power. But where does that power end up when the news is fake? To discuss the influence and impact of fake information we bring together former Columnist of the Year, Brian ReadeGuardian columnist, Dawn Foster; Professor of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, Des Freedman; and founder of Hacked Off and author Brian Cathcart (Everybody's Hacked Off).
Brian Reade is an award-winning journalist and author who has two weekly opinion columns, one on football, for the Daily Mirror. In 2001 he was named Columnist of the Year at the British Press Awards and was Highly Commended in the same category in 2014. In 2004 he won Sports Columnist of the Year and in 2013 he was awarded the Cudlipp Award for Journalistic Excellence after two decades campaigning for justice for the Hillsborough families. In 2018 The Press Awards named Reade Feature Writer of The Year. In 2008, he became a presenter on radio station City Talk 105.9 and released his first book, entitled 43 Years with the Same Bird, documenting his life spent following Liverpool F.C. In 2011, he released the book An Epic Swindle which made The Sunday Times best-seller list.
Dawn Foster is an award-winning British journalist, who writes for the Guardian on politics, economics and social affairs. She is also a contributor to the London Review of Books and Times Literary Supplement. In 2017, she was included in 'The 100 Most Influential People on the Left’.

Des Freedman is Professor of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is one of the founding members of the Media Reform Coalition and was project lead for Lord Puttnam's 2016 inquiry into the future of public service television. His books include "The Contradictions of Media Power", "Misunderstanding the Internet" (with James Curran and Natalie Fenton) and "The Politics of Media Policy". His piece on "Fake Democracy, Bad News" (with Natalie Fenton) was published in the 2018 edition of Socialist Register.

Brian Cathcart has worked as a journalist for Reuters, the London Independent papers and the New Statesman, and is now professor of journalism at Kingston University London. His books have covered both topical matters (The Case of Stephen Lawrence won both the Orwell Prize and the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger) and historical ones, notably science history. In recent years, through Hacked Off, he has been a prominent campaigner for better journalism in the UK.

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