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Journalism and the New Propaganda Wars

Reuters Institute Journalist Fellows
9:00am, Wednesday 20 March 2019
E P Abraham Lecture Theatre, Green Templeton College

Join the the Reuters Institute's journalist fellows for a morning of discussion, analysis and global insights on the latest propaganda methods and how they pose a threat to journalism.

All welcome but please register by emailing Events and Fellowship Officer Philippa Garson:




09:00 Arrival and coffee

09:30  Opening remarks by Thea ElnanJournalist, Aftenposten, Norway

09.45-11.00  Session 1

Old dog, new tricks: from leaflets to mass media
Have governments evolved newer forms of propaganda in the 2010s? The panel discusses the period of transformation and cultures contributing to the rise in modern propaganda.

Moderator: Aura Lindeberg, Executive Producer, Finnish Broadcasting Company, Finland


Commentator: Dr Nicholas J. Cull, professor of public diplomacy, University of Southern California


11:00 Short break

11:15-12:30 Session 2 

Weaponising social media: from central command to guerilla warfare
Propaganda tools are now in the hands of citizens who spread hate, fear and hoaxes at rates surpassing anything the manipulators of old could muster. Our panel discusses how these guerilla armies operate at ground level.

Moderator: Anim van Wyk, chief editor of Africa Check, South Africa


Commentator: Dr Silvia Majó-Vázquez, postdoctoral research fellow, Reuters Insitute for the Study of Journalism


12:30 – Sandwich lunch