Fighting-Fake-NewsIn the age of alt-facts, deeply researched reporting is more crucial than ever to the viability of an informed citizenry and a healthy democracy. From October 20 – 22 writers and journalists will gather at the Banff Centre to discuss practical next steps in the critical conversation around media and democracy. This summit is part of a five day intensive residency on Investigative Journalism presented by the Banff Centre.

Featured Speakers and Guests

  • Garance Burke, Associated Press
  • Robert Cribb, The Toronto Star
  • Joshua Hammer, Author/Foreign Corespondent for The New York Review of Books, Smithsonian magazine, and The New York Times Magazine
  • Jessica Johnson, Creative Director, The Walrus
  • Peter Klein, Global Reporting Centre
  • Ron Nixon, Washington Correspondent, The New York Times
  • Susanne Reber, Executive Editor, Reveal News
  • Gabrielle Schonder, Producer/Reporter, PBS Frontline
  • Julian Sher, The Fifth Estate
  • Patti Sonntag, The New York Times, News Services
  • Maxime St-Pierre, Executive Editor, Radio-Canada Idea Accelerator
  • Scott Stossel, Editor in Chief, The Atlantic


Friday, October 20

5:30 PM Cocktail reception, light refreshments will be served
6:30 PM Introductory speeches: Devyani Saltzman, Robert Cribb, and Patti Sonntag
7:00 PM Panel 1: Journalism in the Post-Fact Age

Saturday, October 21

10:00 AM Panel 2: When Social Media Is the ‘Paper of Record’
12:00 PM Break for lunch
1:30 PM Panel 3: Protecting Whistleblowers: Repercussions and Policy Concerns
3:00 PM Panel 4: Reporting on Illiberal Movements
4:30 PM Panel 5: Collaborative Models for Investigative Journalism
6:00 PM Break for dinner
7:30 PM An Evening with Scott Stossel

Sunday, October 22

9:30 AM Summit Closing Discussion

Get Involved

All panels, with the exception of keynote speaker Scott Stossel, are free to attend but require a ticket.

Weekend packages available – featuring 2 nights accommodation (Fri. Oct. 20 – Sun. Oct 22), 3 meals Saturday, breakfast Sunday and attendance to all events, including keynote speaker Scott Stossel (Single Occupancy $365 | Double Occupancy $220 per person)

Book ticket to individual panels below or by calling the box office at 1.800.413.8368 or 403.762.6301

Book Weekend packages by calling box office at 1.800.413.8368 or 403.762.6301

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