Southeastern's Sims Library to host panel discussion on ‘fake news’

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Sims Memorial Library and Phi Kappa Phi will host a panel discussion to address the timely topic of fake news.
     “Trust in the news media and government is historically low, and so-called ‘fake news’ is distorting our ability to make sense of the world around us,” said Sims Library Director Eric Johnson. “The President says the media is the ‘enemy of the people.’”
     To put all this into perspective, “Breaking Fake News: Finding Truth Amid Alternative Facts,” will be presented on Tuesday, March 21, at 2 p.m., in the Student Union Theatre.
     “Our goal is to help people navigate the current news climate,” said Johnson. “This will be a lively and entertaining session that we hope will make it easier to discern the facts in an age of unreliable news.”
     The panel will also discuss “filter bubbles” and other pitfalls of getting all your news from social media.
     Panelists include Southeastern Communication Professors Joe Burns, Joe Mirando, and Claire Procopio, and Information Literacy Instructor Stephen Sanders. Sims Library Coordinator of User Education Dayne Sherman will serve as moderator.
     The event is free and open to the public. However, attendees must get a visitors’ parking pass from the University Police Department.
     For more information, contact Outreach & Instructional Media Librarian Angie Balius at or 985-549-3898.

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