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Bad News: How PR Came to Rule Modern Journalism

Mon 26 Nov 2012, 7.30pm Farm Road Sports & Social Club, Farm Rd. S2 2TP

Skeptics in the Pub is about getting people together to have a relaxed and enjoyable evening while listening to talks on a wide range of topics, usually by a notable scientist or skeptic. Talks are typically about a common belief that can be demonstrated to be false or cannot be justified by the available evidence."You can't believe everything you read in the papers." Everyone knows this, but few people realise this truism extends far beyond the celebrity pages and gossip columns, and spills into 'real' news. Here, the near-invisible influence of PR companies is often pivotal in deciding what news gets told, and how it gets reported. By taking a brief look at the history of modern journalism, and using real examples taken from recent headlines, Michael Marshall will show why you really, really can't believe everything you read in the papers.Free event although £3 donation requested. Open to all whatever your beliefs and views.http://sheffield.skepticsinthepub.org

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