It is becoming increasingly difficult to assess whether information is authentic. The ability to critically question everything we read has never been more important. ‘Fake news’ and ‘post-truth’ are a new threat to the reputation of organisations, genuine news media and the PR profession as a whole. Every PR practitioner now needs to be able to understand these issues and be able to deal with it on behalf of their clients and organisations.

Organised by the CIPR South West and CIPR Local Public Services as part of Chartered Institute of Public Relations’ Ethics Festival and to coincide with Local Democracy Week, this event aims to bring together different perspectives and viewpoints – dealing with everything from the role of ethical PR to life inside the personal-bubble and Internet of Me.


  • Sarah Pinch FCIPR will Chair the event
  • Professor Stephan Lewandowsky, University of Bristol
  • Ben Fowkes, Commercial Director, Delib
  • Neil Bennett, Editor, BBC Points West

Chatham House rules.

Book your place

> Book for the event on ‘Is fake news undermining democracy’ on 12 October 2017 on Eventbrite.


Events Autumn 2017

Book for free CPD webinars  on 9/10/2017 and 5/12/2017 – available for CIPR and CMI members.

9 October 2017 – Intellectual Property webinar: what you need to know

5 December 2017 – Mental Toughness and Personal Resilience webinar

26 September 2017 – Media measurement made simple event, London. Find out how this CIPR Marcomms event and our curated resources can help you in your work.

12 October 2017 – Is Fake News undermining Democracy event, Bristol – CIPR South West and CIPR Local Public Service event (details above)