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Not ‘Fake’ News: League Hosts Online Meeting Today About Media Misuse

Join a Zoom call that explores ways to fact-check news stories, understand media bias, get ongoing information on news literacy and spot ways to manipulations on social-media posts. Image courtesy of the AARP.

According to the nonpartisan League of Woman Voters of Comal Area (LWVCA), Americans 50 years and older shared 80-percent of fake media content during the 2016 general election.

The good news?

Many are doing something about it by wising up to inaccurate “news” and by changing how they use social media.

To help media consumers assess content, LWVA hosts “Fact or Fake? Media Misuse Today,” online on Zoom from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today, Oct. 21.

The meeting ID is 899 8656 3219, password: 270440. The seminar also will be recorded for viewing later on LWVCA’s Youtube channel.

“For 100 years, the League has encouraged all eligible citizens to vote responsibly,” said Janyth Fredrickson, LWVCA Youth Empowerment Director. “One of the biggest challenges today is getting accurate information amid a sea of clever and deliberate distortions.”

Fredrickson will present a media literacy program that includes a list of websites to check facts and media bias, get ongoing information on news literacy, and test participants’ ability to spot manipulations.

She retired as executive vice president of a community college in North Carolina after a 30-year career in adult education, graduated from Texas Tech and received a doctorate in adult education from North Carolina State University.

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