Event: Fake News! Media Skepticism and Democracy in the Digital Age

The DiMenna-Nyselius Library will be hosting a Panel Discussion:
Fake News! Media Skepticism and Democracy in the Digital Age
on Tuesday, March 28th at 4:00 - 5:30pm
at the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, Multimedia Auditorium on the lower level.

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Ebong Udoma
is WSHU's senior political reporter. He regularly contributes spot news to NPR, and has worked at the NPR National News Desk as part of NPR's diversity initiative. Mr. Udoma has covered presidential visits and high profile political races. Prior to joining WSHU in 1994, he was an award-winning reporter with the Connecticut Post.

Gayle Alberda, PhD, joined Fairfield University in 2016 as an assistant professor of Politics and Public Administration. Dr. Alberda teaches undergraduate American political science courses and graduate courses in Public Administration. Prior to her career in academia, Dr. Alberda’s work in politics included lobbying, party and campaign experience.

Matt Tullis, MFA is an assistant professor of English and digital journalism at Fairfield University. He is the host and producer of Gangrey: The Podcast, which focuses on narrative journalism and the reporters who write it. His book, Running With Ghosts: A Memoir of Surviving Childhood Cancer, will be available later this summer.

Melissa Zimdars, PhD is an assistant professor of Communication and Media at Merrimack College.  She is also the author of the forthcoming book Watching Our Weights (Rutgers University Press). After her media literacy lesson went viral, Dr. Zimdars began working with a team of librarians and computer programmers to create tools for navigating fake news and other “news” websites through the OpenSources project. Additionally, she is working on a co-edited anthology entitled Fake News, which brings together scholars who study media literacy, big data and technology, cultural studies, political science, and psychology, in order to examine the history and contemporary realities of fake, misleading, propagandistic, and conspiratorial news.

David Gudelunas, PhD, professor of Communication and director of the School of Communication, Arts and Media, will moderate the conversation. Dr. Gudelunas will be introduced by Jesse Erickson ’17, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Fairfield University’s independent student newspaper, The Mirror.

Seating is limited and registration is required. The event is open to the public. To register for the discussion, visit: https://www.fairfield.edu/fakenewsevent.

Questions? Contact Jackie Kremer  at jkremer@fairfield.edu.