The Navy Officers’ Mess had to add an additional section to its dining room, to accommodate all the Oxonians who wanted to hear John Fraser (Exeter College) speak on the future of Canadian newspapers and magazines, at our 2019 Annual Alumni Dinner.
As Executive Chair of the National NewsMedia Council, Mr Fraser is at the eye of the storm of our times. The Council is the Canadian media industry’s self-regulatory body, and adjudicates pubic complaints against news outlets on matters of truthfulness, fairness, and balance.
Social media has amplified the power of both truth and lies to speed around the world; it has never been more important for citizens to be able to distinguish between the two, to be able to make informed decisions about whom we trust to deliver news and insight.
Mr Fraser’s remarks were witty, lively, and optimistic. We are grateful to him for serving as our keynote speaker.