McGeorge School of Law

Journalism Experts Discuss Fake News at Annual Belote Lecture

January 12, 2018

Professor Mary-Beth Moylan, Associate Dean for Experiential Learning, and Jonathan Weisman, John Myers, and Joe Mathews.

The Annual McGeorge School of Law Mike Belote Endowed Capital Lecture was held Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 at the Sterling Hotel in Sacramento. The topic of the event was Journalism in the Era of Fake News.

A full house of attendees enjoyed a dynamic discussion on the current state of journalism, journalistic ethics, and how the legal community can help address the issue of fake news featuring three influential journalists discussing the role of journalism today.

McGeorge Dean Michael Hunter Schwartz gave opening remarks and Professor Mary-Beth Moylan, Associate Dean for Experiential Learning, moderated the discussion. The speakers were Jonathan Weisman, Deputy Washington Editor for the New York Times; John Myers, Sacramento Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times; Joe Mathews, California columnist and editor for Zócalo Public Square.

The Mike Belote Endowed Capital Center Lecture was made possible by a generous donation from Mike Belote '87, President of California Advocates, Inc. and longtime Pacific McGeorge alumni donor and volunteer. Mr. Belote's gift was matched by the University of the Pacific Powell Fund.

About The Speakers

  • In Jonathan Weisman's 25-year journalism career, he has covered politics and economic policy for the Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, USA Today, and the Baltimore Sun, among other publications. He is the author of (((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump, and No. 4 Imperial Lane.
  • John Myers has spent more than 20 years in radio and television news, winning awards for his coverage of California policy and politics. He served as Sacramento Bureau Chief for KQED's The California Report and currently hosts the California Politics Podcast. He also served as moderator of the 2010 and 2014 gubernatorial debates.
  • Joe Mathews ' syndicated Connecting California column appears in 30 media outlets. He has been a reporter the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Baltimore Sun. He is the author of The People's Machine: Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Rise of Blockbuster Democracy and co-author of California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It.

View photos of the event here.