F703 Fall 2019 Get Empowered: Fight Fake News
Tuesdays, 2:15–3:45, Oct. 22–Nov. 12
Coordinator: Norma Jean Reck
Stop shouting at your TV and regain control of your news watching. Practice recognizing fake and flawed news and learn how to guard against it with these interactive classes developed and presented by the Newseum’s expert staff.
Norma Jean Reck
- Oct. 22: E.S.C.A.P.E. Junk News: Feel lost in today’s media landscape? Join Newseum Education for a hands-on program designed to sharpen your media skills. Participants will tackle buzzwords, bots, and bad actors in today’s media landscape. Clear definitions of current media terms, practical tools to identify fake and flawed news, and practice with real examples will be offered. Newseum staff.
- Oct. 29: The Fairness Media: Reevaluate Your Media: Are accusations of bias clogging your news feed? Are your friends quick to point out that something is unfair, but they aren’t ready to explain why? Tune up your fairness meter to assess how objective or biased the content really is. Newseum staff.
- Nov. 5: Media Ethics: Is it okay to clean up a quote or broadcast unconfirmed information? Become a more critical consumer of news media by examining real-life case studies of journalists striving to be accurate, fair, and clear. Newseum staff.
- Nov. 12: Topic to be determined: Mason School of Communication
is a current member of the National Press Club, where she was presented with the National Press Club Vivian Award in 2012. She was also a volunteer tour guide for the Newseum during the first five years after opening and served as a member of its original Volunteers Board of Directors. She has worked for decades in publications and communications for both profit and nonprofit organizations.