6th February 2017
By Tom Law

Brexit, racism and fake news



The Ethical Journalism Network’s board member Chris Elliott – the former readers’ editor of the Guardian – spoke at a conference organised by the National Union of Journalists’ ethics council on ‘Brexit, racism and fake news’.

When: Saturday 11 March 2017 12.15 – 17.00

Where: NUJ Headland House, 72 Acton Street, London, WC1X 9NB

Programme: NUJ Brexit conference on Saturday 11 March 2017 at Headland House, London

12.15 for coffee, registration and welcome

12.30 Journalists views on Brexit
The conference started with a presentation of the NUJ all-members Brexit survey results and the union’s ethics framework, with a discussion about the current problems with media oversight and regulation.

Introduced by professor Chris Frost, chair of the NUJ ethics council.

13.00 Production of the news: views from the inside
Speakers confirmed –

  • Richard Palmer – NUJ FoC at Express newspapers
  • Chris Elliott –  former Guardian readers’ editor
  • Nicholas Jones – NUJ life member and former BBC industrial and political correspondent

Chair: Sian Jones, NUJ vice president
14.30 Tackling racism in the media and society

  • Joseph Harker – the Guardian’s deputy opinion editor
  • Rachel Shabi – award-winning freelance journalist and author
  • Mak Chishty – commander, London’s Metropolitan Police Service
  • Christian Ahlund – chair of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance

Chair: Simon Hinds, BMC rep on the NUJ’s ethics council

16.00 Fake news

  • Kate Shanahan – Writer, broadcaster and head of journalism and communications at the Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Kate Saunders – the Guardian News and Media public policy manager
  • Tim Dawson – NUJ president

Chair: Michael Foley, Irish rep on the NUJ’s ethics council

17.00 conference ends.

More speakers to be confirmed soon.

Register for a place at the event by emailing your name and NUJ membership number to Sarah Kavanagh. Contact details below.

This event is for NUJ members only. Please consider joining the NUJ if you would like to attend this event.

Further details and contact information

Sarah Kavanagh, NUJ senior campaigns and communications officer
Email: [email protected]

The Ethical Journalism Network has recently published various reports on Brexit, Fake News and Refugees:

You can download the full report here:

EJN Report on Challenges for Journalism in the post-truth era

In 2015 the EJN published Moving Storiesan international review of how media cover migration.

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