“Fake news” is an accusation leveled almost daily by pundits and politicians, while conspicuous fact-checking has become a mainstay of political coverage. Public confidence in the press has fallen to single digits. And Facebook is gearing up efforts to fight “information operations” designed to “distort … political sentiment.”
- How can the average reader sidestep spin and sort out the truth?
- Identify what’s left out of a story?
- Fact check the fact checkers?
- How can reporters avoid bias and signal the authority of their sources?
- Identify the narrative within the chaos of social media?
- What are media outlets doing to fight back?
- What’s the long-term impact on the free press?
Join our panelists for a discussion on media literacy in an age of instant and endless information, followed by Q&A.
- Jim Newton is a veteran journalist who spent 25 years at the Los Angeles Times — working as an editor, bureau chief and columnist — before joining the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and founding Blueprint magazine. Jim has authored three critically acclaimed and best-selling biographies.
- Evan George is the managing producer for public radio station KCRW’s “To the Point,” the live, nationally syndicated show hosted by Warren Olney, which provides a daily in-depth look at national and international issues driving headlines. Before radio, Evan covered health care and courts as a newspaper editor and reporter.
- Kelly Whitney, director of integrated media for NBC4, oversees the station’s digital news coverage and social media strategy. Kelly began her career as a print reporter and has covered beats ranging from courts to biotech.
When: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 7 p.m.
(doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Where: Chemistry 3 Room, Los Angeles City College
Parking: Free parking is available in the faculty lot at North Heliotrope Drive and Monroe Street (campus address is 855 N. Vermont Avenue)
Note: The Chemistry Building is at the north end of campus on Willow Brook Avenue (see campus map here: http://www.lacitycollege.edu/
Cost: Free to the public. Students are encouraged to attend.