How does “fake news” affect community conversations and civic engagement? How do we balance the benefits of free speech against the burden of propaganda? On Saturday, January 20th, Jamie Bowen, doctoral student at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, presents “The Impact of Fake News in the Real World” at 10:00 a.m. at the Main Library.
Although not new, our awareness and use of the term “fake news” has risen in prominence. In general “fake news” is journalism that consists of deliberate misinformation, news whose main purpose is to distort “the truth for emotional persuasion, seeking to drive action.” More recently it has become a catch-all term used to discredit stories, and in the political arena to influence the political process and elections in the U.S and abroad. Join us for a lively FRANK Talk about “fake news,” free speech and journalism.
James Bowen is veteran of magazine writing and corporate communication. Before coming to Arizona in 2016, he resided in Salt Lake City where he completed a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Utah. His research interests are rooted in public policy/local politics and where they intersect with the media.
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