Acclaimed photojournalists discuss truth and visualization in the age of “fake news”

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 17:11

DENTON (UNT), Texas — Five award-winning photojournalists, including both Emmy and Pulitzer Prize winners, will discuss the ethical and technical boundaries of intimate, firsthand visual reporting in a panel discussion entitled “Seeing and Believing in the Age of Fake News:  Finding Truth in Visual Journalism.”

The discussion, accompanied by a traveling photo exhibit, takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 (Thursday) in the University Union Lyceum (room 226), located at 1155 Union Circle Dr. in Denton.

The event, presented by the University of North Texas Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism and Humanities Texas, is free and open to the public. It is supported by Humanities Texas, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Pulitzer Prizes organization.


Thorne Anderson, Endowed Chair and an associate professor in the Mayborn School, will moderate. Panel participants include:

  • Barbara Davidson, an Emmy Award-winning photojournalist and three-time Pulitzer winner who is known for her work on the victims of gang violence in Los Angeles. 
  • Lisa Krantz, a photographer with the who became a Pulitzer finalist thanks to her portraits of a young boy born with a rare and incurable disorder.
  • Keith Jenkins, the director of visual journalism at NPR. Jenkins' teams have earned Pulitzer, Emmy, Peabody, Murrow, World Press, and Webby awards for The Washington Post, NPR and National Geographic.
  • Eric Gay, a UNT alumnus of the Mayborn program whose photography for the Associated Press in the wake of Hurricane Katrina made him a finalist for the Pulitzer prize.
  • Spike Johnson, an independent photojournalist and UNT alumnus whose work, funded by the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, explores themes of social conflict and security.


Oct. 4 – 18, visitors will be able to see world-class examples of photojournalism from the featured panelists. The installation will be on the second-floor corridor, just outside of the Lyceum (room 226) of UNT’s University Union. Afterward, the images will become part of a traveling exhibit that moves throughout the UNT campus.

We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.

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