💻 Who's Who: NU Panelists on News Literacy and Disinformation 📰
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>>> Monthly Meeting Reminder <<< Tuesday, May 19, 7-9 PM on Zoom
In this era of 24-Hour digital news and targeted propaganda, it's often hard to discern the difference between good information and disinformation, especially on social media. On May 19, our virtual meeting will feature an expert panel discussion with Northwestern University faculty to help you learn how to "Separate News You Can Use from News You Can Lose." Among other topics, our panelists will address how we can both navigate and disseminate digital news and social media content more responsibly and effectively.
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Stephanie Edgerly Associate Professor, Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications
Stephanie Edgerly research explores how features of new media alter the way audiences consume news and impact political engagement. She is particularly interested in the mixing of news entertainment content, how individuals and groups create and share news over social networking websites, and how audiences selectively consume media. Edgerly is currently working on a series of research projects identifying the factors that shape judgments about "fake news" and the various strategies people employ for verifying news.
David Rapp studies the effects of exposure to inaccurate information on memory and comprehension. His research on memory and learning has shown that our minds quickly memorize information we learn, independent of its validity or source. If we later discover that it is false, that does not necessarily override the initial story. His research examines language and memory, focusing on the cognitive mechanisms responsible for successful learning and knowledge failures. This has included examining the effects of reading false information.
Michael Spikes School of Education and Social Policy, Learning Sciences Ph.D. student studying News / Media Literacy
Michael Spikes has been teaching, writing about, and developing curriculum on the subject of news media literacy and its production for more than 15 years. He has taught skills in news literacy skills to audiences as varied as senior citizens in Illinois and New York to teachers and high school aged youth in Bhutan and Hong Kong. Michael is currently working with David Rapp in the reading comprehension lab to explore assessment tools of news media and information literacy for both young people and adults.
Steven Franconeri studies studies visual thinking and communication: how it works, and how we can make it work better. He runs the Visual Thinking Lab, where a team of researches explore how leveraging the visual system - the largest single system in your brain - can help people think, remember, and communicate more efficiently. Their basic research is inspired by real-world problems, guiding their laboratory towards the most interesting theoretical questions, while producing results that translate directly to science, education, design and industry.
Rachel Davis Mersey Associate Dean of Research and Professor, Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications.
The focus of Rachel Davis Mersey's work is on the craft of journalism. She is intrigued by journalism's impact on identity, sense of community and social capital. Her aim is to improve the practice of journalism in a manner that enhances news operations' connections with individuals. Mersey is also the senior director of research at the Media Management Center, which is affiliated with Kellogg and Medill. As a fellow at the Insitute for Policy Research, she recently worked with Stephanie Edgerly and others on analyzing a recent NU poll that determined that more Illinoisans are getting their news about COVID-19 from local and national television news instead of newspapers or radio.
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