Finding Truth in a Fake News World

Fighting Fake NewsSARANAC LAKE – The public is invited to attend a special media literacy workshop at North Country Community College on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.

Presenter Mary Miller, Education Services Director for the New York News Publishers Association, will explore how to think critically about media messages, focusing on concrete strategies to recognize and avoid media manipulation.

The presentation will take place in the David Petty Lecture Hall (S-19) on the college’s Saranac Lake campus.

It will explore how to think critically about media messages we are all continuously exposed to.  Mary will touch on strategies to help increase proficiency in reading complex informational text, how to identify sources, verify news content, and gain a deeper understanding of how news professionals gather and disseminate credible and actionable information, in-print or online. She will also review bias, propaganda, hoaxes, rumors, satire, and advertising as well as what it means to be a good digital citizen. Time will be given to explore a few specific techniques used to verify information online.

Mary Miller has been the Education Services Director for the New York News Publishers Association (NYNPA) for over 17 years.  Since creating the position, she has helped develop a growing library of News Media Literacy/Newspaper In Education (NIE) curricula and presentations aligned to current student standards/assessments. She has worked with the We the People and Project Citizen programs, serves on the steering committee of the New York State Family Engagement Coalition, the board of the Capital District Council for the Social Studies and the executive board of the New York State Reading Association. The NYNPA News Media Literacy/NIE program has been recognized with numerous state, regional and national awards and continues to strive for increased student engagement and understanding with emphasis on journalism.

This event is sponsored by the Cloudsplitter Foundation, the New York News Publishers Association, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and North Country Community College.