• Moderator: Jim VandeHei, Co-founder and CEO of Axios, Former Executive Editor and Co-founder of Politico
  • Richard Plepler, Chairman and CEO, HBO
  • Andy Lack, Chairman, NBC News
  • Ben Smith, Editor-in-Chief, Buzzfeed 
  • Maggie Haberman, White House Correspondent, The New York Times
  • Sara Fischer, Media Reporter, Axios

In a society where the veracity of news sources has become questionable, the NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program is partnering with new media company Axios to convene a panel of distinguished individuals in the news industry to discuss the changes and opportunities in news consumption. The event will unpack and explore the issues raised by the proliferation of fake news, and the changing perceptions of the role of the media as part of the checks and balances system.

The panel will take a deep dive into how news agencies are appealing to a new generation of news consumers that puts a high value on efficiency and shareability, sometimes at the expense of truthfulness. We seek to have an honest conversation on the complexities of navigating this space in today’s tense political climate. As is the case with all our speaker series events, this event will be globally simulcast and carried by with an in-person audience of 400-800 people. This event will be free and open to the public.

Presented as part of the new SKIRBALL TALKS series. Mondays at 6:30 during the academic terms, SKIRBALL TALKS hosts visionaries from the worlds of politics, the arts, sciences, academia, and more. Future guests include Eckhart Tolle and Marion Nestle.

Co-presented with NYU’s Social Entrepreneurship Program:

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The Social Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century Speaker Series is a marquee offering of the NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program since the Program’s founding in 2006. Each year’s speaker series presents prominent social entrepreneurs and business leaders from across the spectrum of the public, private and citizen sectors who share their insights as cutting-edge, far reaching change makers. Over the past 12 years, we have produced 56 speaker series events, reaching an audience of over 30,000 people. Past speakers include Nobel Laureate, Elie Wiesel; Founder and CEO of KIND, Daniel Lubetzky; Chair of Teach for America, Wendy Kopp; CEO of Whole Foods, John Mackey; Senior Political Analyst, David Gergen; Executive Director of the ACLU, Anthony Romero; and CNN contributor and author, Van Jones. All events are professionally photographed, filmed, and globally simulcast. A complete video and podcast archive is available on iTunes, YouTube, and the NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program website.


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The Skirball Talks series is made possible in part by a Humanities New York Action Grant and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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