The world is flat: Battling fake news

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Eric Newton of ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism; Geneva Overholser of Democracy Fund; Megan Luther of InvestigateTV; Matt Lait of CNN
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 24 at 9:00am
  • Location: Grand Canyon 6
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

**Moderated by Megan Luther, IRE/NICAR

Reality, facts and statistics have come under assault through the prevalence of fake news that's easy to share but tough to counter. Learn about the forces that regularly unleash deliberately false information and the factors that have led to its spread. Explore measures that journalists and educators alike can take to help the public separate fact from fiction.

Speaker Bios

  • Matt Lait is managing editor of CNN Investigates. Previously, he worked as an investigative reporter, city editor and local investigations editor at the Los Angeles Times. He also is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California teaching investigative reporting.

  • Megan Luther is an investigative producer with InvestigateTV, Gray Television's national investigative team. Previously, she was IRE's Senior Training Director and a data analyst for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Megan, mother of two, works remotely in South Dakota. @MeganLuther

  • Eric Newton is Innovation Chief at the Cronkite School at Arizona State University. He advises news innovation leaders, including the Knight Foundation. Newton lead the original content team at the Newseum and was managing editor of the Oakland Tribune, the Richmond Independent and the Mill Valley Record. His books include SearchlightsAndSunglasses.org, Capture the Moment, and Crusaders, Scoundrels, Journalists. @ericnewton1

  • Geneva Overholser, senior fellow at the Democracy Fund, serves on the boards of Northwestern University in Qatar and CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She led the USC Annenberg School of Journalism, held a chair in the Missouri School of Journalism, and was editor of the Des Moines Register. She has been a Washington Post ombudsman, New York Times editorial writer, board member of the Pulitzer Prize and American Society of News Editors, and a Nieman fellow. @genevaoh

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