Journalists, community members, students and faculty will gather at the George S. Turnbull Portland Center at the University of Oregon on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, for workshops designed to improve knowledge, skills and understanding of fact-checking and accountability journalism — particularly as we approach the 2016 elections.
The event is sponsored in part by the American Press Institute’s Fact-Checking Project. Discussion leaders — including some of Oregon’s top journalists and academics — will share best practices, research and the latest tools and technology in fact-checking and verification.
Community members are invited to attend the Saturday morning sessions, where participants will learn to identify deception in campaign advertising; spot red flags and warning signs in social media misinformation, especially during major breaking news; and get tips on the top tools and resources to use in fact-checking.
The afternoon sessions, sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists, are designed for students and cover a wide range of topics from accountability journalism and resume-building.
In addition, an invitation-only informal community conversation with residents and local journalists will be held on Friday evening, Jan. 22, from 5-6:30 p.m. at the center. Participants will discuss how they form opinions on campaign and political issues, and what information they’d like from Oregon media. Refreshments will be served. If interested in participating, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event is sponsored by the University of Oregon, the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Press Institute, and the American Society of News Editors’ National Community and News Literacy Roundtables Project.