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Fake News: Can you spot it?

Library Program for Adults

Megaphone News-Fotolia-copyright pathdocFake News: Can you spot it?” is an hour-long interactive workshop which will define fake news on a spectrum. Once defined, we explore the concept of confirmation bias and experience an actual news evaluation process, using different online source types’ coverage of the same current event to compare and contrast content quality. The workshop’s discussion topic is deliberately apolitical since this is not a partisan presentation. This program is especially important now that social media has made every information consumer into an information producer. It is our habit, when a piece of news makes us feel strongly, to share that piece of news with others. Given that, when we improve our abilities to determine news quality we do not just help ourselves; we help others too, as we let dubious news die instead of adding fuel to a false fire. Seating is limited to 21, so registration is requested online or at the Reference Desk at 860-652-7720.

The presenters are a collaboration between the Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) Journalism Department and Reference and Instructions librarians at CCSU’s Elihu Burritt Library: Theodora Ruhs, Professor of Journalism; Martha Kruy, Reference, Instruction and Assessment Librarian; Briana McGuckin, Reference and Instruction Librarian, and Susan Slaga-Metivier, Head of the Reference and Instruction Department, Elihu Burritt Library.

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