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The Steve Hewlett Debate: Fake News

We’ve had some of the most dramatic events of recent times – with the Brexit vote, the election of Donald Trump, and everything that has followed. Throughout this time, the role of the news media has constantly been under debate – and in some ways under threat. Established players have been challenged by everyone from new players with impressive reach and journalism to Macedonian teenagers in their bedrooms. What is the role of traditional media in an increasingly partisan landscape – and how can trust be restored when there is so much that you can’t believe out there? The problem has never been more pressing – and the solutions never more complex.