Past Meetup

Truth, Fact, and the Future of Journalism (Co-hosted w/Citizen Futures)

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Workbar Cambridge

45 Prospect Street · Cambridge, MA

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On Wednesday, January 25th, StoryCode Boston ( and Citizen Futures ( will present a discussion on the future of journalism

The Big Idea: What "truth" do we want from journalism? How will we define media and journalism going forward? Is the business model broken? Will journalism still have a voice?

Overview // Follow the money: The media landscape is primarily built on a business model driven by advertising dollars and eye balls. The incentive structure then naturally influences the content that is created. Ad tech, click bait, personalized content, curated News Feeds, Extremistan-style coverage, 24 hour "news"... Where does this lead us?

Questions //

• What is the effect of “selective exposure” and our tendency towards homophily - seeking out people like us - on the news we read? Or are even shown (from our curated newsfeed)?

• Do we actually care about truth? Or just "our" truth?

• What are strategies for overcoming bias in what we read?

• The medium is the message: How does social media and newer models of distribution impact the content itself?

• What is the future for independent or alt-media?

• Money talks: What are alternative business models and how might this impact things like integrity, trust, readership? Why don't more people pay for journalism?

Speakers //

• Chris Faraone (@fara1 ( Co-Founder of Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism (BINJ) (, an incubator for independent media and journalists in Greater Boston, and the News & Features Editor at DigBoston. He has authored several books, including a first-hand account of the Occupy movement, and has been featured in publications such as Fast Company, SPIN, and the Columbia Journalism Review.

• Terry Marshall (@intelmischief ( Founder of Intelligent Mischief (, a creative action design lab using culture, narrative and design to hack social change, they specialize in using artifacts to spur discussion, such as their Black Body Survival Guide ( Terry has been involved in social justice for over 20 years and sits on the board for the Center for Artistic Activism.

Co-host // ( Futures

Citizen Futures (' mission is to help create more participatory communities by bringing together government, private sector, and citizens. Through design thinking, speculative design, art and discussions, we think critically about where we may be as a society in 5, 10, 50+ years. We believe that because the future is unwritten it is within our power to shape.

Aaron Gerry is interested in the influence of place and customary mythology on our daily lives. He spends his time building organizations that provide access to opportunity, education, and supportive community. He's a Northeastern alum (go Huskies!), loves pizza (yum!), and tiny journals (yay!).

• More TBD!

Agenda //

6:30-7PM: Design Activity (led by John Carr of StoryCode (

7-8PM: Panel Discussion + Q&A

8-8:30PM: Chit chat

Resources + Food for Thought //

• Power of fake news and propaganda when millions of people suddenly get the internet in Myanmar (

• 44% of American adults gets news from Facebook (

• Echo-chamber effect of curated newsfeeds that confirm existing biases, and can spur behavior, such as voting (

• Bonuses tied to pageviews impacts content produced (

• Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia created over 100 pro-Trump websites full of fake news, for a healthy profit (

• Less jobs and bonuses tied to pageviews impacts content produced ( • Filter bubbles show you what you want, not necessarily what you need (