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  • Democracy Forum 4/21/17

    Host: Ann Luther, League of Women Voters of Maine    
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Participatory Democracy

    Program Topic: Fake News: Who Can You Trust?

    Key Discussion Points:
    We’ll talk about the proliferation of news sources in the internet age
    The role of independent journalism in a liberal democracy
    The challenges for citizens in finding real news. b)

    Guests:
    John Christie, co-founder and senior editor for the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. pinetreewatchdog.org/about/
    Naomi Schalit, co-founder and senior reporter for the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. pinetreewatchdog.org/about/
    Melissa Zimdars, assistant professor of communication at Merrimack College in Massachusetts www.merrimack.edu/live/profiles/586-melissa-mish-zimdars

    To learn more about this topic:
    Study: Breitbart-led right-wing media ecosystem altered broader media agenda, Columbia Journalism Review, March 3, 2017
    The Real Story About Fake News Is Partisanship, The Upshot, New York Times, January 11, 2017
    There’s an intriguing sociological reason so many Americans are ignoring facts lately, Business Insider, February 27, 2017

    The all-volunteer team at the League of Women Voters – Downeast who plan and coordinate this series includes:
    Starr Gilmartin
    Maggie Harling
    Linda Hoskins
    Ann Luther
    Maryann Ogonowski
    Pam Person
    Leah Taylor
    Linda Washburn

    FMI re League of Women Voters of Maine: www.lwvme.org

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    Published on April 21, 2017 · Filed under: Democracy Forum; Tagged as: , ,
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