Dr. Rob Williams Offers Insight On "Fake News"

October 08, 2018

Get the Real Deal on Fake News on Tuesday, October 16th

“Journalism’s job is not impartial ‘balanced’ reporting. Journalism’s job is to tell the people what is really going on.”              -George Seldes

According to media and communications professor Dr. Rob Williams, the term “Fake News” is a newly weaponized phrase for an old phenomenon -- propaganda. So, what is "Real News" (and why is it so hard to find in the United States)? Williams offers what he calls a simple definition: "Real news" stories, he says, are defined by "information that is recent, relevant, reliable, historically framed, hegemonically hip, and multi-perspectival."

On Tuesday, October 16th, Williams will facilitate an interactive community conversation called "Fake News: The Real Deal" and will share 10 filters we can use to better identify -- and deploy -- "real news." "Media mavens," students, and the general public are invited to bring their curiosity and questions to this timely discussion about our 21st-century news and information culture. Since the event will be live streamed, participants may call 802-862-3966 with questions and comments.

What: "Fake News: The Real Deal," a live, televised conversation with Dr. Rob Williams
Where: CCTV Center for Media & Democracy, 294 North Winooski Ave, Burlington 
When: Tuesday, October 16, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments served.
Visit www.ch17.tv and contact Meghan O'Rourke at 802-862-3966 x 16 for more information and to RSVP.