‘Fake news’ talk put together by League of Women Voters for Thursday

Published: 5/15/2017 1:06:58 PM

GREENFIELD — “Navigating the News: Who Can You Trust in Today’s Media Landscape?” is the topic of a free program Thursday, May 18, at 7 p.m. in the Whiteman Room at Saints James and Andrew Episcopal Church in Greenfield.

The League of Women Voters of Franklin County, a nonpartisan grassroots political organization, put together the event that features UMass Amherst journalism professor Steve Fox.

“Media in all forms bombards us with facts, opinions, and distortions presented as ‘news.’” said Christine Turner, member of the League and co-organizer of the event, in a press release. “With a keen eye and broader context, we can determine what is true, or not.”

Fox, according to the release, “has vast experience with online journalism and multimedia as a reporter for ESPN and an editor for the Washington Post, and as a consultant to multiple web start-ups. His presentation will cover the history and current state of today’s media, elements of quality reporting, tips for managing news overload, and trends to watch.”

A discussion of the issues at hand is planned after Fox’s talk and refreshments will be provided.

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