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Noise vs. News: What's Your Source? "The Allure of Fake News: Journalism, Ethics, and Critical Thinking in the Age of Misinformation"

Event Date: 
Apr 20 2017 - 6:00pm

Join us, on Thursday, April 20th, at 6:00 p.m. for the third in the four-part collaborative program series, Noise vs. News, hosted by the Illinois Valley Community College and the LaSalle Public Library, when Professor Stephanie Craft, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Media, presents "The Allure of Fake News: Journalism, Ethics, and Critical Thinking in the Age of Misinformation," 

Fake news has been around since at least the early 19th century. But what is new—and sometimes troubling—about today's fake news is the digital echo chamber in which it is created, shared and even believed. Journalism has been struggling for more than a decade to respond to competition from a variety of new digital outlets in the information arena. Fake news represents a sort of culmination of this competition. Now, though, journalism isn’t just competing with other people or entities doing things that look like journalism, but with flat-out wrong, made up information that is more akin to propaganda or disinformation.This shouldn’t really even be a competition, right? Of course readers and viewers value real information, don't they? They just need to be told where to find it and how to detect the fake stuff, right? In her talk, Professor Craft will consider how and why fake news thrives and the the responsibilities both "real" news organizations and news consumers have when it comes to combatting it.

This event will be hosted at the LaSalle Public Library, 305 Marquette, LaSalle. 

This event free and open to the public.  The event will be followed by an audience question and answer session.  All events will be live-streamed; links for streaming will be available on both the Illinois Valley Community College and LaSalle Public Library websites. Each event will later be archived, captioned, and available in both English and Spanish, again, via links provided by both institutions. 

Both the Illinois Valley Community College and the LaSalle Public Library are ADA compliant and welcoming. If you wish to attend an event and have special needs because of a disability, or if you have other questions, please contact Jayna Leipart Guttilla at 815-224-0306 or Donna Blomquist at 815-223-2341 to discuss arrangements. Please provide one week to arrange for an American Sign Language interpreter.  

"Noise vs. News,” hosted by Illinois Valley Community College Jacobs Library and the LaSalle Public Library will bring together scholars, journalists and the public in an exploration of professional and public responsibilities related to establishing truth in news, and using that knowledge as a first step in finding common ground. In this important and timely series, program topics will include the First Amendment and its protections, “fake” news detection, the ethics of journalism, and the importance of truth and courage in maintaining a democracy.