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The Fake News Phenomena: Understanding & Preventing the Spread of Online Disinformation
March 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
One event on April 8, 2019 at 4:00pm
One event on April 29, 2019 at 4:00pm
AT LIFELONG (3 separate sessions, $10 each)
Description: While the term “fake news” has only gained popularity in the last few years, there is a long and troubled history of fabricated news, hoaxes and propaganda. In American and global history this goes back to Benjamin Franklin’s untrue tales about American Indians collaborating with the English. Now, in the age of the internet and social media, disinformation spreads like wildfire, often crowding out facts and accurate reporting. In fact, more disinformation was spread on Facebook in the run-up to the 2016 Presidential elections than factual news. This hands-on workshop will provide you with the necessary skills and tools to identify deliberate disinformation. Learn how to leverage fact-checking websites, understand the many forms fake news takes, and find out how you can help to stop the spread of disinformation in its tracks.
Presenter: Armin Heurich has a Masters degree in Library Science from the University at Buffalo, and has been a librarian at Ithaca High School since 1997. His undergraduate degree was in Media Studies, and he worked as a documentary video producer and taught video production throughout the 1980s and 90s. He also teaches a media production-based approach to media literacy principles through Project Look Sharp, a media literacy advocacy organization at Ithaca College.