with Shanti Johnson
project coordinator, Mike and Maureen Mansfield Center
At its core, journalism is a field meant to distribute information—so how is it that news stories become distorted and why are allegations of fake news so prevalent right now? The idea of fake news is as old as the profession itself; but in an age of the 24-hour news cycle, misinformation can reach an audience of millions in seconds and citizens need to know how to be responsible consumers. Journalist and lecturer Shanti Johnson will walk audiences through a brief history of sensationalism in the media and then spend time working with groups to hone their media literacy skills.