7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Add to Calendar2017-07-12 19:00:00 2017-07-12 21:00:00 America/Edmonton Cropping the Truth: A Panel on Fake News Come to your AGA and hear how themes from Cutline are relevant to the times we live in. 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2C1 Art Gallery of Alberta info@youraga.ca
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Discussion panel in connection with "Cutline: From the Photography Archives of The Globe and Mail"

The AGA is hosting a panel on what’s new and what’s true about the “fake news” phenomenon that’s sweeping the world over, from Facebook feeds to the old fashioned ink presses. Join our panel of experts as they discuss what it means to produce and consume news in what many have called the post-truth era.

This panel is organized in relation to the exhibition Cutline: From the Photography Archives of The Globe and Mail. Powerful, compelling and provocative, these photographs were the lens through which Canadians witnessed the defining moments of the twentieth century: war, political events, social revolutions and cultural icons. Flash forward to 2017. How do we witness, understand and sometimes misunderstand the defining moments of our time?

Our panelists include Dr. Jason M. Harley, a professor of educational technology and psychology at the University of Alberta, Paula Simons, the Edmonton Journal City Columnist, and Jana Pruden, a feature writer at The Globe and Mail. Their discussion will be moderated by Mark Iype, editor-in-chief of the Edmonton Journal and Edmonton Sun.


Dr. Jason M. Harley is a professor of educational technology and psychology at the University of Alberta. His research and teaching focus on curating best practices for implementing, evaluating, and creating educational multimedia and technology. Dr. Harley’s research is funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and has examined educational, affective, and psychosocial applications of mobile augmented reality, simulations, and artificial intelligence. He is an editorial board member of the international journal, Educational Technology Research and Development. Dr. Harley’s research and teaching on topics such as media literacy and fake news have led to appearances on Global News, CBC Radio, and the Edmonton Journal, amongst other media outlets. Check out his research and fiction writing on https://sites.google.com/site/jasonmharley/ and follow him on Twitter @JasonHarley07.

Paula Simons is the Edmonton Journal City Columnist. A graduate of the University of Alberta and Stanford University, Simons has won many national and international awards for her investigative reporting, feature writing, and political commentary – and for her ground-breaking use of social media. She was just honoured at the 2017 National Newspaper Awards for her investigation into Alberta’s child death review system. Simons has also served as the Journal’s provincial affairs columnist, its culture columnist and as a member of the paper’s editorial board. This summer, she makes her Fringe Festival debut, as co-creator of a new family musical, Onions and Garlic.

Jana G. Pruden is an award-winning feature writer at The Globe and Mail, where she specializes in narrative, longform, and investigative journalism. Formerly the crime bureau chief at the Edmonton Journal, her work has been featured in newspapers across the country and in magazines such as The Walrus. She is passionate about journalism, and both the history and future of news.

Mark Iype is the Editor in Chief of the Edmonton Journal and Edmonton Sun, a position he has held since last fall. Prior to that, he was the City Editor at the Journal. Before coming to Edmonton in 2014, Iype was a reporter and editor in both Ottawa and his hometown of St. John, New Brunswick. He came to journalism late, starting only at the age of 30, after spending years travelling and studying international development, living and working in Guatemala, India and New York City. He is married with a nine-year-old son and an English teacher wife embarrassed that he got C’s in High School English.

Audience:   All ages
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