Trust, truth and Trump: Lessons from the US media



22 June 2017


Metcalfe Auditorium, The State Library of NSW, Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000


Public forum

With the Trump administration settled into the White House, how have American journalists adapted to this new era of closed press conferences, “alternative facts” and unfiltered sprays on Twitter? It’s time to explore how Trump interacts with the media, and what that means for discourse, democracy and the wider world. Washington Post columnist and author Dana Milbank appeared in conversation with journalist and former US correspondent Anne Davies.

In collaboration with The Walkley Foundation, Dana and Anne discussed what it’s like reporting in Trump’s America, and why it seems trust in journalism has been eroded. They considerered how we can work to rebuild that trust, and engage with people who feel like the media is not for them.

Trust, truth and Trump: Lessons from the US media


  • Dana Milbank
    Dana Milbank
    Columnist, The Washington Post

    Dana Milbank is a nationally syndicated op-ed columnist with The Washington Post.

    His column generally appears four times a week in the Post, and it runs in 275 other newspapers. It has for several years been the most popular opinion column on the Post’s website. Milbank also provides political commentary...

  • Anne Davies
    Former Washington correspondent for Fairfax

    Anne Davies is a freelance investigative journalist. Until June 2016 she was a senior reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald and has served in a number of roles during her 25 years at Fairfax, including news editor, investigations editor, Washington correspondent and state political editor. In 2002 she won the Gold Walkley.