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Nov. 9 Talk: Fighting Fake News in Idaho

By: Cienna Madrid   Published 10:54 am / November 7, 2017

Join Boise State scholars and Matt Christensen, editor of the Twin Falls Times-News, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom for a talk titled “Fighting Fake News in Idaho.”

This talk is free and open to the public; it is part of Boise State’s Media Literacy Week and is sponsored by the Idaho Media Initiative.

Christensen will discuss his experiences with fake news surrounding the Fawnbrook case, where a sex assault became the catalyst for anti-refugee sentiment and a Russian-led disinformation campaign on Facebook. Now a major national news story, this case study demonstrates all that’s wrong with the media environment and what we all need to know to successfully navigate it. The discussion will also feature Boise State scholars who can help the audience unpack and understand the current landscape of journalism.

Contact Seth Ashley at sethashley@boisestate.edu with questions.