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Anti-fake news campaigner to address SoE conference

OritKopelThe founder of a website being set up to tackle so-called fake news is to address the year’s biggest UK Media gathering.

Orit Kopel, co-founder of Wikitribune, will discuss the new site at the Society of Editors’ ‘Fighting for Real News’ conference in Cambridge on Monday 13 November.

The site is due to be launched next month alongside Wikipedia as a means of tackling fake news by pairing professional journalists with an army of volunteer community contributors.

Ms Kopel, pictured left, will address delegates on the subject of “Wikitribune: the news is broken but we know how to fix it” at the University of Cambridge’s Clare College.

The human rights lawyer joins a growing list of confirmed speakers for the event which also include the managing director of Google UK, Ronan Harris, and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick.

Other high-profile speakers will include Telegraph editor-in-chief Chris Evans and former Times and London Evening Standard editor Simon Jenkins.

The event is sponsored by United Utilities, Google, BBC News, JTI, Foot Anstey, PCS, NLA Media Access, Visit Cambridge, Waitrose, HoldtheFrontPage and Camelot, which has supported the Society of Editors since 2001.

Full details of how to book are available at www.societyofeditors.org.

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