Report on "Media and Social Change: Recognizing and Challenging Disinformation, Stereotypes, and Fake News"

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PPSEAWA USA co-sponsored an event on November 1, 2018 at the United Nations entitled “Media and Social Change: Recognizing and Challenging Disinformation, Stereotypes, and Fake News” with the Communications Coordination Committee for the United Nations [CCCUN].

Dr. Elizabeth Carll, CCCUN President, served as the moderator.

Panelists included:

  • Dr. Lee McIntyre, Author of Post-Truth (MIT Press 2018); Research Fellow, Boston University Center for Philosophy and History of Science; Lecturer in Ethics, Harvard Ext. School; Former Exec. Direc- tor, Harvard Inst. Quantitative Social Science. He provided a brief history of fake news and the misuse of the term for political and commercial purposes, making it difficult for news consumers to recognize what’s true and what’s false.
  • Professor Howard Schneider, Founding Dean of Stony Brook University School of Journalism; Executive Director of Stony Brook’s Center for News Literacy. He developed the first course in News Literacy to train children to recognize disinformation and fake news. He spoke about the adaptation of the curriculum for middle school youth in the United States.
  • Dr. Chrysalis Wright, Director, Media & Migration Lab, University of Central Florida; Research on immigrant stereotypes; Board Member, Media & Technology Division of APA, spoke on misleading stereotypes of migrants and refugees.
  • Meesha Brown, Vice-President, PCI Media Impact spoke about the Media Project - on training journal- ists on accurate reporting of human trafficking.
  • Dr. Rebecca Riger Tsurumi, author of The Closed Hand: Images of the Japanese in Modern Peruvian Literature, facilitated the question and answer portion,

We are so grateful to Kesinee Dulyarat, PPSEAWA International Representative to the United Nations
in New York, for providing this opportunity for our national chapter to co-sponsor an event at the United Nations. Kesinee serves on the board for the CCCUN.