The Democracy Project: Journalism in the Age of Alt-Facts

Event Date: 20th October 2017

In the age of alt-facts, deeply researched reporting is more crucial than ever to the viability of an informed citizenry and a healthy democracy. From October 20 – 22 writers and journalists will gather at the Banff Centre to discuss practical next steps in the critical conversation around media and democracy.

Featured Speakers and Guests

Garance Burke, Associated Press
Robert Cribb, The Toronto Star
Joshua Hammer, Author/Foreign Corespondent for The New York Review of BooksSmithsonian magazine, and The New York Times Magazine
Jessica Johnson, Creative Director, The Walrus
Peter Klein, Global Reporting Centre
Ron Nixon, Washington Correspondent, The New York Times
Susanne Reber, Executive Editor, Reveal News
Gabrielle Schonder, Producer/Reporter, PBS Frontline
Julian Sher, The Fifth Estate
Patti Sonntag, The New York Times, News Services
Maxime St-Pierre, Executive Editor, Radio-Canada Idea Accelerator
Scott Stossel, Editor in Chief, The Atlantic


Friday, October 20
5:30 PM   Cocktail reception, light refreshments will be served
6:30 PM   Introductory speeches: Devyani Saltzman, Robert Cribb, and Patti Sonntag
7:00 PM   Panel 1:  Journalism in the Post-Fact Age

Saturday, October 21
10:00 AM  Panel 2: When Social Media Is the ‘Paper of Record’
12:00 PM  Break for lunch
1:30 PM    Panel 3: Protecting Whistleblowers: Repercussions and Policy Concerns
3:00 PM    Panel 4: Reporting on Illiberal Movements
4:30 PM    Panel 5: Collaborative Models for Investigative Journalism
6:00 PM   Break for dinner
7:30 PM   An Evening with Scott Stossel

Sunday, October 22
9:30 AM Summit Closing Discussion

Get Involved

  • All panels, with the exception of keynote speaker Scott Stossel, are free to attend but require a ticket.

This summit is part of a five day intensive residency on Investigative Journalism presented by the Banff Centre. For the complete schedule and to reserve/purchase tickets, visit

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