Battling Deep Fakes and Misinformation – Media’s Function and Duty

New York, NY, April 9, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – invites you to attend this timely, informative, and free webinar. Register here.

Webinar overview

In an environment where there is a lot of misinformation, partisanship and deep falsification, the role of the journalist has shifted from observer / reporter to advocate and truth-finding. This panel discussion explores why and where these lines are drawn – and what the future will look like.

Join Aaron Kwittken (he / him), Founder and CEO of PRophet. and his panel with:

Discussion questions include:

  • What role does the media play in the fight against disinformation? Is this your responsibility and / or to what extent?
  • The role of the journalist is traditionally an observer and storyteller. Now advocacy is part of their job. Where is the line between advocacy and reporting – and how is it likely to continue to change?
  • How are newsrooms changing the process of verifying and reporting facts in an environment where there is a lot of deep forgery?
  • What role does technology play in combating disinformation / detecting deep counterfeiting?
  • How has reporting changed with a new presidential administration?


Aaron Kwittken (he / his / he)

Founder, prophet

Aaron Kwittken is the founder and CEO of PRophet, an AI-driven PR SaaS platform supported by MDC Ventures. He is also the founder and chairman of KWT Global, a renowned PR and branding strategy company with offices in New York, London and Los Angeles. Aaron is a proud graduate of George Washington University and a member of the Advisory Committee of the GW School of Media and Public Affairs. He is elected President of PRSA-New York and Past President of America for the International Communications Consultancy Organization (ICCO). a former board member of the public relations council; a former associate professor at NYU; writes for Forbes and The Drum; and is the creator and presenter of the popular Brand on Purpose podcast, which features companies that are doing well. He has extensive experience in marketing technology, brand strategy, reputation management, crisis management, and purpose-driven marketing. As an endurance athlete, Aaron puts social impact at the center of his personal and professional actions.

Follow Aaron on Twitter: @ AKwittken

Follow PRophet on Twitter: @PRophet_PR


Sara Fischer

Media columnist, Axios

Sara Fischer is a media reporter for Axios. She joined the company in 2016 as a founding employee. Fischer is considered one of the top reporters on her beat. Revue cited their weekly newsletter Axios Media Trends as the second most popular media newsletter on the market and considered it a “must have” for the leading media industry. It was also recently listed on the Forbes 30 Under 30 media list and the 2019 Folio 100 in the Creator category. In addition to its weekly newsletter, Fischer monitors Axios’ media coverage for the newsroom and controls the company’s products and events on this topic. Their coverage includes corporate media, technology, social media, offers, entertainment, media regulation, politics, and consumer habits.

Follow Sara on Twitter: @SaraFischer

Brian J. Karem

Sr. WH Reporter @Playboy, Writer, Free the Press: The Death of American Journalism and How to Revive It

Brian J. Karem is an award-winning journalist, author, speaker, and recognized defender of the First Amendment. Karem is currently the lead White House correspondent for Playboy. He is also the host of Just Ask the Question, a podcast that features conversations with informed people about politics, current affairs, and pop culture. He is also a frequent guest on CNN and other networks.

Karem has worked in both newspaper and television as an investigative journalist covering politics, crime, refugee issues, and state and local news. His work experience includes America’s Most Wanted (producer and correspondent); People magazine; Fox News; NBC News; and the Courier-Journal among others.

Karem has received several awards for his work, including the prestigious Pieringer Award and the Freedom of the Press Award. He was recently nominated for Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club.

Throughout his career, Karem has been an advocate for free speech and an advocate for the freedom of the press. He has testified before state legislatures in support of a federal shield act and is the founder of First Jailbird’s Club, a group of 13 reporters who went to jail to defend a confidential source and who have traveled the nation to seek out collect a federal shield law.

Most recently, Karem successfully filed a lawsuit against the Trump White House for suspending his credentials for a month, citing first and fifth amendment violations. The lawsuit named President Donald Trump and White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham as defendants. He won the lawsuit and has also successfully defended himself against two appeals.

Karem is a member of the White House Press Corps Association and the National Press Club, and serves as the past president of the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association.

Follow Brian on Twitter: @BrianKarem

David Kirkpatrick

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Techonomy Media

David Kirkpatrick is a journalist, founder and editor-in-chief of Techonomy Media and author of the bestselling book “The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Connects the World”. Techonomy’s conferences gather leaders to discuss how technology is changing everything and to help build a better society. During these Covid times, virtual events are regularly held in addition to frequent virtual round tables. Most recently in mid-March, Digital United, on the many ways tech can bring us together and remedial actions on how it broke us. In April, Techonomy is partnering with Worth Magazine to host The Health + Wealth of America, which is about how our country can keep progress from the pandemic and economic crisis. Techonomy typically hosts two major annual physical events – in May in New York and an autumn retreat in California. In-person conference speakers included Marc Benioff, Senator Cory Booker, Steve Case, John Chambers, Jack Dorsey, Esther Dyson, Katherine Maher, Marissa Mayer, Tim O’Reilly, Sean Parker, Penny Pritzker, Peter Thiel, and Jeff Weiner and Mark Pile of sugar. Kirkpatrick’s book The Facebook effect is in 32 languages. He spent 25 years with Fortune Magazine and is an editor at Bloomberg Television and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Follow David on Twitter: @DavidKirkpatric


Fay Shapiro
Editor / CEO
CommPRO Global, Inc.
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