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In Towson, journalists, citizens grapple with changing media landscape in era of 'fake news'

In Towson, journalists, citizens grapple with changing media landscape in era of 'fake news'

Six Baltimore-area journalists told about 30 audience members Tuesday night at the Towson Branch Library that journalism is facing a crisis: a deterioration in trust in the media in the era of “fake news.”

“For democracy to work you have to have accurate information you can trust,” said David Zurawik, media critic on the Baltimore Sun’s opinion desk. Today’s information system is “polluted, it’s toxic … it is a really dangerous time right now,” he said.

The Oct. 16 panel drew strong words about the fate of journalism at a time when attacking the media is seen as a political tool, and fact-based news is more difficult than ever to spot amid a torrent of...

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