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.