Law & the Media Seminar 2018 Videos

The 32nd Law & the Media Seminar, “On Trial: Fake (and Real) News,” took place at South Texas College of Law Houston on Saturday, February 3, 2018. The event was planned by the HBA Law & the Media Committee and was co-sponsored by the HBA, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Houston Press Club.

This seminar featured attorneys, journalists and academic experts discussing the evolving news industry and legal landscape in an age of competitive 24/7 news cycles, the effects of social media, and so-called “fake news.” Mainstream news faces challenges from artificial intelligence, sophisticated online propaganda, anonymously hosted “news” websites, and partisan attacks that affect consumers of news. To learn more about the event, visit the 2018 Law & the Media page.

Below are videos recorded at the event.

Panel One, “What’s News?” considers “fake” news definitions and emerging players and trends in the industry, the consequences of partisanship on news coverage, and evolving legal issues.

Panelists include:

  • Josh Blackman, professor, South Texas College of Law Houston;
  • Dave Fehling, director of news and public affairs, Houston Public Media;
  • Dianna Hunt, metro editor, Houston Chronicle;
  • Lee Hutchinson, senior editor, Ars Technica;
  • Gardner Selby, editor, PolitiFact Texas; and
  • Moderator: Nicole Cásarez, attorney and professor, University of St. Thomas.

Keynote Speech, “Trump and the News Media: State of Disunion?” addresses press freedom and press access issues in both the Trump and Obama White Houses a few days after the 2018 State of the Union Address.

The keynote speaker, Julie Mason, is the host of SiriusXM Radio’s Press Pool with Julie Mason, heard nationwide weekdays from 3-6 p.m. ET.

Panel Two, “Looking Ahead (and Back): What’s at Stake?” considers the history of anti-media sentiment in America, current threats to press freedom, the effects of propaganda in news, the likely direction of the news industry, and the effects of innovations such as artificial intelligence.

Panelists include:

  • Margaret Downing, editor-in-chief, The Houston Press;
  • Tom Forestier, shareholder, Winstead PC;
  • Garth Jowett, director, UH Valenti School of Communication;
  • Kelley Shannon, executive director, Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas; and
  • Moderator: Zach Despart, assistant city editor, Houston Chronicle.