Fake News: Its Rise and Challenges, Jan. 21
The Camden Conference presents Marty Gagnon on Tuesday, January 21 at 1pm at the Auburn Public Library. This event is free and open to the public.
This brief session will provide participants with tips to look critically and analyze both digital, television, and print media resources. Through videos and slides, the session will examine the history of misinformation and the psychology of irrationality brought about by biases and social forces. This insightful presentation will also examine the role of technology in the creation and spread of “fake news” and suggest helpful resources to verify images and fact check news stories.
Gagnon, prior to his work in the public library profession, was a journalist for newspapers in Maine and New Hampshire. In October 2017, Gagnon and a small team from the Auburn Public Library along with Sun Journal Editor Judith Myers traveled to Chicago to participate in a media literacy initiative. The Media Literacy at Your Library was a project of the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with many other partners. The training and interactive workshop featured the curriculum of the Stony Brook University Center for News.
In 2018, Gagnon used the training and his past experiences in the journalism field to create a media literacy and “fake news” class at the Lewiston-Auburn Senior College along with a series of events at the library. Seeing the amount of interest and general concern for the implications and lack of civil discourse fueled by misinformation, Gagnon created a companion website. The site is non-partisan and takes no advertising and can be viewed at www.themediasavvycitizen.org.
This event is presented in anticipation of the 33rd Annual Camden Conference—The Media Revolution: Changing the World, February 21-23, 2020, live at the Camden Opera House and livestreamed to the Hutchinson Center in Belfast, Strand Theatre in Rockland, and Hannaford Hall in Portland, and independent streaming site Osher@Dartmouth in Hanover, NH.
The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, please visit www.camdenconference.org.
Date:Tuesday Jan 21, 2020
Time:1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location:Androscoggin Community Room