The Future of Journalism & Democracy in the Age of Disinformation

On May 23 and 24, renowned American journalism critic Tom Rosenstiel gave a series of lectures in Vienna, Salzburg, and Krems.

The age of journalism as a gatekeeper between newsmakers and the public has ended. The economic model for journalism built around advertising is also broken. State-sponsored disinformation campaigns and Russian trolls are actively trying to influence elections and seed disunion with fake news. What is the future of journalism in an age when social media platforms such as Facebook are the primary means of distributing news, when these platforms are built and make their money by identifying what makes people different?

Tom Rosenstiel is the executive director of the American Press Institute and co-author of The Elements of Journalism. He founded and was for 16 years director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism at the Pew Research Center.