Misinformation and strategies to combat deceit (Sponsored by Knight Foundation)

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Dakota Flournoy of Storyful; Katie Sanders of PolitiFact; Craig Silverman of BuzzFeed News; Jennifer Preston of Knight Foundation; Cameron Hickey of PBS
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 15 at 3:45pm
  • Location: Oceans 4
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

With bad actors orchestrating campaigns to deceive the public, how can journalists report on the trends and tactics used to spread misinformation online? Discover the latest tools and tactics for uncovering misinformation and deceit.

Speaker Bios

  • Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Dakota Flournoy ventured off into the wild north to attend the University of Pittsburgh before returning and starting her career as a journalist at CNN International. Dakota joined Storyful's editorial team in June of 2016 , where she and her colleagues discover and verify the best of newsworthy user-generated content from around the world. Dakota is fluent in Spanish, okay with French, and remembers one phrase of Italian. @DakotaFlournoy

  • Cameron Hickey is the Project Director for algorithmic transparency at the National Conference on Citizenship.  He leads an effort to develop methodologies and tools for collecting and analyzing data to increase transparency about how large digital platforms impact society.
  • Jennifer Preston is vice president for journalism at Knight Foundation, providing funding for projects supporting local news and diversity, and advancing the First Amendment and the future of journalism. Before joining Knight in 2014, Preston was an award-winning journalist for The New York Times and the newsroom’s first social media editor. She previously worked at New York Newsday and the Philadelphia Daily News. @jenniferpreston

  • Katie Sanders is the deputy editor of PolitiFact. Previously, she fact-checked talking heads and opinion-shapers for PunditFact as well as the Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott for PolitiFact Florida, reporting from the Tallahassee bureau of the Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald. She is a graduate of the University of Florida. @KatieLSanders

  • Craig Silverman, @CraigSilverman, is the media editor of BuzzFeed News, where he leads a global beat covering platforms, online misinformation, and fake news. Craig was the founder of Emergent.info, a rumor tracking project that was developed as part a fellowship with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. From 2004 to 2015 he wrote Regret The Error, a blog about media accuracy and corrections.

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