SATURDAY, MAY 27 | These days, it seems almost impossible to figure out whether a news article comes from a trustworthy source or was written by money-grubbing teenagers from Macedonia. When legitimate news sources resort to click-bait headlines to compete with sensationalist media sites, how do you know what to believe?
Whether you’re a journalist, a writer inspired by current events, or someone who wants to be better informed, this workshop will give you the tools you need to tell the difference between outright fake news, propaganda and “alternative facts,” satire, and legitimate reporting. You’ll also learn how to do some quick, easy fact-checking of your own so you won’t wind up spreading links that seem truthy but really aren’t.
Beth Winegarner is a journalist and author. She has written about female Muslim heavy metal musicians in the Middle East for the New Yorker, Ellen Pao’s battle against sexism for the Guardian and racial inequalities in public schools for the San Francisco Examiner. Her work has also appeared in Vice, Mother Jones, Wired, the San Francisco Chronicle and PopMatters. Her latest book, The Columbine Effect: How Five Teen Pastimes Got Caught in the Crossfire and Why Teens are Taking Them Back, explores how Slayer, Satanism and Grand Theft Auto can be a healthy part of growing up. www.bethwinegarner.com
Number of sessions: 1
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Date: Saturday, May 27
Course fee: $90