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Left to right, Timothy Egan, Dean Baquet and Jim Rainey
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"I think it's important to use the word 'lie.'" How veteran journalists approach news in the Trump era

The search for truthful news is at a critical juncture.

President Trump denigrates so-called ‘fake news’ while the news business model is under tremendous stress.

It’s also fair to say the public’s interest in following the news has waned. The Pew Research Center reports that “the audience for nearly every major sector of the U.S. news media fell in 2017 – with the only exception being radio.”

This Seattle Arts & Lectures conversation brings together three veterans of legacy journalism to discuss where we are and where we’re headed. Dean Baquet is the executive editor of the New York Times. Jim Rainey is a longtime print reporter currently working for NBC News digital. And Timothy Egan is a Pulitzer Prize -winning journalist and author based in Seattle.

This event was part of SAL’s Journalism series. It took place at Benaroya Hall on March 4. KUOW’s Jennie Cecil Moore recorded the discussion.

Please note: This recording contains unedited language of an adult nature.

The full event includes a welcome from SAL’s Rebecca Hoogs, a poem from WITS student Daniel Flores and an introduction by journalist Sam Howe Verhovek. Listen to the full version below:

SAL Journalism Series event at Benaroya Hall