Breakout Session II: Fake News is Fake News

Mar 14, 2018, 8:15 AM
9:00 AM
The increasing complaints about “fake news” threaten First Amendment freedoms, democracy and journalism itself. Join in a conversation about how political polarization,
social media and bias brought us to this point, and what news media outlets can do to counter forces that deliberately misinform through fabricated stories.

Key Highlights

  • History repeats itself – fake news isn’t new
  • Yellow Journalism – Pulitzer & Hearst
  • Different forms - highly biased, click bait, conspiracy, satire, made-up news
  • 90% of Americans get news online – impact of technology, social media fact-checking, intersection of news and entertainment
  • Use of mobile devices is increasing
  • Facebook is optimized for likes and shares
  • Resources: “Weapons of Math Destruction” by Cathy O’Neil, “Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator” by Ryan Holiday, Melissa Zimdars of Merrimack College
  • Why?
  • People tend to demonize the media when the media doesn’t know its audience
  • Combat
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  • Linda Beck

    Linda  Beck 

    Adjunct Professor of Communications, HACC/Harrisburg University/LVC
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  • Cate Barron

    Cate  Barron 

    Vice President of Content, PA Media Group
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  • Barb Hough Roda

    Barb  Hough Roda 

    Community Liaison, LNP/LancasterOnline
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