This Just In: How to Spot Fake News
Have you heard that Hillary Clinton is part of a pedophile ring? Or that both the Pope and Denzel Washington endorsed Donald Trump? Or get this—there’s proof that scientists have conspired to fake global warming evidence?!
Did you also know that these 3 examples of fake news…?
This talk will focus on what news is, how professionals gather it, the sources to be trusted, how to spot fake news and how to avoid it.
Jim Clarke is the Associated Press regional director for eight states, and has led a wandering life for the news cooperative for the past 24 years.
A Rhode Island native, his time with the AP has taken Clarke from the farthest stretches of the Aleutian Islands to the Deep South and the Utah desert. He has covered the Iditarod, coordinated local efforts for the 2002 Winter Olympics and led the work on the Elizabeth Smart disappearance in Utah, as well as the BTK serial killer case in Kansas.
Before joining the AP in 1993, he worked in Washington, D.C., for The Energy Daily, covering the nuclear power industry and the nuclear weapons complex. He also worked at newspapers in Fairfax, VA and Westerly, RI. He did his undergraduate work at The George Washington University and earned an Masters of Science degree in journalism from Columbia University in 1990.
Clarke lives in Arvada with his wife, Jennifer, and daughters Hope and Grace.