BYU Radio host Matt Townsend interviewed Deputy University Librarian Donald Barclay about the challenges libraries are facing in the era of fake news. He addresses questions such as: how do we choose what information to consume in a world where there is essentially limitless information?, can we avoid an ‘echo chamber’ and find objective truth when different sources offer “alternative facts?". He explains how libraries are trying to help people evaluate information for themselves. Listen to the full interview.
Ferreting Out Fake News (Facebook Live Event) Mark Your Calendars
12:30 pm Friday, March 17th with Donald Barclay & Campus Communications
Fostering More Accurate Science Coverage: Using Science Expertise to Evaluate Journalism (presentation)
As part of the UC Merced Library's "Evaluate Your News Evaluation" exhibit, we invite you to join us for a talk by Emmanuel Vincent, lead of climatefeedback.org and project scientist at UC Merced's Center for Climate Communications. His presentation will address the importance of evaluating science news, common forms of misleading information, findings from the climatefeedback.org project and strategies for continuing to change our public discourse.
Background: The public discourse around a subject like climate change is often highly polarized, and news coverage of such a subject can be challenging to interpret. In an endeavor to foster more accurate reporting of climate change, more than 200 scientists from around the world are annotating news articles on climate change and rating them for accuracy and credibility at climatefeedback.org. The goal is to help readers identify trustworthy sources of information and promote critical thinking so we can all better challenge misinformation.
Description: This workshop highlights instructional strategies for teaching students to think critically about news sources. Presenters will share lessons, activities and resources used in the classroom to engage students in understanding and evaluating news.
Presenters: Sara Davidson Squibb (Library), Jeremy Mumford (MWP) and Angela Winek (MWP)
Monday, April 10th
COB2 – 390
1:00 to 2:00pm
Open to: Faculty, Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Fellows, (Instructional) Staff