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Media, Fake News and COVID-19

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This webinar will explore the media’s role in and response to COVID-19 in the UK and US.

Isabel Hilton ’89 is a writer, broadcaster and journalist whose career has encompassed reporting from Latin America, South Asia, Europe and East Asia, for outlets that include the Sunday Times, The Independent, the Guardian, the BBC and the New Yorker. In 2006 she founded the non-profit bilingual website chinadialogue.net, devoted to climate change and the environmental crisis. She is now CEO of a group that published five websites in eight languages and covers the climate crisis from SE Asia, South Asia, China, Latin America and the global ocean. She is the author of several books and is chair of the Centre for Investigative Journalism in London.

Peter Jukes ’99 is a screenwriter and author who became a journalist in 2013 after live tweeting 8 months of the phone hacking trial writing for the Daily Beast, Newsweek, the Observer and the New York Times and presenting and producing the iTunes No 1 hit podcast Untold: the Daniel Morgan Murder. He took over the crowdfunding site Byline in 2016, and since then has launched the annual Byline Festival and a new newspaper and news site the Byline Times.

Aidan Pickering ’00 is a two-time Emmy award winning TV executive producer, writer, developer and broadcast journalist. He started life as a reporter at the BBC based in Southampton, UK, then TVS and Meridian Broadcasting before moving to Los Angeles to become the first British on air reporter on an American network. As legal correspondent for Fox-KTTV-Los Angeles, Aidan covered a slew of high profile court cases including the OJ Simpson trials, Michael Jackson, Heidi Fleiss and the LAPD Rampart scandal. He covered all manner of breaking news including floods, earthquakes, wild fires and even wilder freeway chases. He won the 2001 Emmy for Best Hard News Reporter before stepping away from the spotlight in front of the camera to pursue a career writing and producing non-fiction. He has made shows for ABC, CBS, NBC, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, PBS and National Geographic. He specialized in educational animal shows, winning a second Emmy in 2017 as Executive Producer of the hit ABC show Sea Rescue.

Lisa R. Cohen is the Director of Prizes administering the duPont-Columbia Awards at Columbia, the audio-video counterpart to Columbia’s Pulitzer Prizes. She is also currently a Masters candidate in Oral History at Columbia. Previously she spent over a decade there as an adjunct professor teaching broadcast and video journalism. Cohen is an Emmy award winning former network television news producer, documentary filmmaker, and book author.
She was Director/Producer/Writer of the verité documentary “Serving LIfe,” in collaboration with Executive Producer Forest Whitaker, which aired as a member of the Oprah Winfrey Network’s Doc Club. Previously, Cohen worked for over twenty years in network news, including long stints producing for ABC News “PrimeTime Live” and CBS News “60 Minutes.”
Cohen lives in New York City with her family.

Rebecca Skippage ’16 leads the BBC’s Disinformation team, which uncovers, analyses and reports ‘fake news’ from around the globe. She is currently leading a combined network of the BBC’s disinformation specialists, debunking deliberate and inadvertent Covid 19 misinformation and highlighting the networks and methods behind its dissemination. As part of the Trusted News Initiative, she works with the big tech companies to prevent the spread of disinformation and promote reliable, accurate content. A journalist for more than 20 years, Rebecca has appeared on multiple international panels as a moderator and speaker on the subject. She also leads the BBC’s award-winning Jihadist Media Team.




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