Hot Topic: Finding Truth in the Age of Fake News and Alternative Facts (B5)

Date/Time: Sunday, July 16, 2017: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Coordinator/Moderator: June Liebert, Sidley Austin LLP;
Speakers: Michelle Lee, The Washington Post, Fact Checker; Kathleen McElroy, University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism; W. Gardner Selby, PolitiFact Texas

Tracks: General or Core Programs; Reference, Research & Client Services; Teaching

Fake news and fact-fudging aren’t new, but the 2016 election highlighted how technology and social media contributed to their rapid spread and influence. This lively hot topic discussion about the world of fake news and alternative facts will feature panelists from the front line—those who specialize in fact-checking research, debunking fake news, and helping readers and students become more critical thinkers and skeptical consumers of information.

NOTE: One or more speakers on this program did not consent to the AALL recording release, and this program was not recorded.