Visionaries Web Series

Chapter 1: There's Nothing Fake About Real News

The International Free Expression Project organized a conversation between two of America’s most accomplished journalists, David Shribman and Martin Baron, about press freedom, “fake news,” bias, disinformation, ethics, the watchdog role of the press and the future of journalism. Martin Baron retired in February as executive editor of The Washington Post after a 45-year career leading some of the most consequential newspapers in the United States. During his eight-year tenure at the Post, the paper won 10 Pulitzer Prizes. He was played by Liev Schriber in the 2015 movie “Spotlight,” which recounted how the Boston Globe uncovered the sexual-abuse scandal in the Boston Catholic Diocese.


David Shribman, a nationally syndicated columnist, teaches at Carnegie Mellon University and McGill University. He has been awarded two Pulitzer Prizes — one in 1995 for national reporting when he was with the Boston Globe, and one as executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for staff coverage of the 2018 mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.