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Media Debate at the Oxford Union


Media Debate at the Oxford Union

"This House Believes Social Media Undermines Good Journalism"

Just as ‘fake news’ and clickbait become ever harder to identify, questionable news sources fill our social media with unverified and misleading stories. As traditional media outlets try to respond and reach a bigger audience through social media, have they pursued likes and retweets at the expense of the journalistic quality readers expect?



Abigail Ridsdill-Smith: 2nd year English Literature student at Keble College, and a member of the Oxford Union's Secretary's Committee.

Damian Collins MP: As Chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, he leads the parliamentary inquiry into the “growing phenomenon of fake news.”

Steven Erlanger: The London bureau chief for the New York Times, he previously served as bureau chief in Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.


Melissa Hinkley: 3rd year English Literature student at Keble College, and Librarian of the Oxford Union.

Adam Boulton: The Editor-at-large of Sky News, he also is the presenter of All Out Politics & Week In Review, having previously served as political editor.

Ben Smith: The Editor-in-Chief of Buzzfeed, he is a prominent political journalist described by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the most powerful people in the media today.

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Please note the ballot will close at 12pm on Monday 13th November 2017.

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