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League of Women Voters & HCC to Sponsor Program on Identifying Fake News

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The League of Women Voters - Hopkinsville and Hopkinsville Community College are pleased to co-sponsor the following program on Monday, Jan. 9th at 5:30PM in the Lecture Hall of the Auditorium Building at the Hopkinsville Community College. 

Inventing News vs. Reporting It:  How do we know if what we are reading is fake?   

Fake news in American media is nothing new, not by a long shot. Nearly 200 years ago, for example, The Sun newspaper in New York ran a series of front-page articles about the discovery of life on the moon and other tall tales of astronomical finds. Likewise, frontier American newspapers frequently carried cooked-up stories of all kinds.

Thanks to social media and modern technology, today's fake news can spread more quickly and in greater volume than most of us could have imagined even a few years ago.

Now, smart news consumers need tools and strategies to separate legitimate news reports from fake stories. Join Jennifer Brown in this discussion about how to spot fake news and how to help squash it.

Jennifer Brown is the former Editor and Opinion Editor for the Kentucky New Era. She is currently writing a memoir about her journalism career in Hopkinsville.

Ms. Brown is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and serves on the board for the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at the University of Kentucky.

For additional information, contact:
Martha White, League of Women Voters - Hopkinsville
c) 859-475-3935