Understanding the Media in an Era of Fake News, Biases and Twitter
Tuesday | 5:30 – 7:30pm | $30
March 20, 2018
“Fake News.” “Alternative Facts.” “Post-Truth Era.” These are just a few of the phrases we’re confronting in the digital age. Amid the constant bombardment of information, how is a person to know what’s true and what’s fake (or something in between)? How sharp are your skills at ferreting out false information that comes your way via social media (Twitter and Facebook) and the press media? This two-hour course will provide some guidelines and handy tools to help you navigate the treacherous shoals of fake news. Attendees should come prepared to share personal experiences in confronting their own biases and, perhaps, moments when they were taken in by false information on Facebook or Twitter.
Judy Muller is a professor emeritus of broadcast journalism at USC’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. Before coming to USC, Muller was a correspondent for ABC Network News, reporting for such broadcasts as Nightline, World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Good Morning America, 20/20 and This Week. During her 15 years at ABC, she covered such stories as the Rodney King beating trial and subsequent riots, the Presidential campaigns of Paul Tsongas and Bob Kerrey, the L.A. earthquake in 1994, the O.J. Simpson case and numerous environmental stories throughout the West. Prior to joining ABC News, Muller spent nine years as a correspondent for CBS News, where she was a contributor to CBS Sunday Morning and CBS Weekend News on the TV side and as a commentator and reporter on the radio side. She covered the space shuttle program, both national political conventions in 1988 and the 1988 George Bush presidential campaign. Muller was previously an anchor/reporter for KHOW in Denver and WHWH in Princeton. During her career, she has won numerous Emmy awards for her reporting, two Edward R. Murrow awards, two Columbia-duPont awards, and a Peabody Award in 2010 for an investigative series on marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles (for KCET). She has been a contributing commentator for NPR, and a contributing correspondent for Al Jazeera America and PBS’ News Hour. She is the author of two books: “Now This: Radio, Television and the Real World,” and “Emus Loose in Egnar: Big Stories from Small Towns.” She makes her home in Norwood, Colorado.