Who’s Checking the Fact Checkers?

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

  • Illinois State Museum, Springfield

Event Venue: 

Illinois State Museum Auditorium

Event Audience: 

Adult
Teen

Fee: 

Free and open to the public

Changes in technology make finding the truth in what we hear on the news, read in newspapers and see on screens very difficult. The Tech Talk group from the Academy of Lifelong Learning at LLCC in partnership with the Illinois State Museum, is hosting a three-part series of various panels to explore what is real and ways to determine what is true on the internet and in other media.

Programs will be held at 6 p.m. at the Illinois State Museum in the Thorne Deuel Auditorium, are free, and open to the public. Each program begins at 6 p.m. Registration is requested. To Register, call 217-786-2432.

Moderator of all three programs: Jim Leach, News Director of News/Talk 94.7 & 970 WMAY

November 20 - Who’s Checking the Fact Checkers?: Exploring methods of finding truth on the internet and in other media.

Panelists:
-Chris Krug, Publisher, TheCenterSquare.com. Chris Krug brings more than 25 years of award-winning media experience to The Center Square. He is the former publisher of the Chicago Pioneer Press newspaper chain, and was vice president for Shaw Suburban Media and a deputy editor at the Denver Post.

-Kate Schott, The State Journal-Register, Editorial Engagement Editor. A graduate of the UIS Public Affairs Reporting master’s program, Schott has held various news reporting and editing positions in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin covering education, courts, state and local government and politics. She is a board member of the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors.

-Tia Carol Jones, Managing Editor, Chicago Defender. Tia Carol Jones is the managing editor of the Chicago Defender, which switched to an all-digital platform in July 2019. She has written for newspapers in Washington, DC; Prince George’s County, Maryland; Iowa; and Chicago. She was the editor of the Southeast Chicago Observer and also worked as a science communicator at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

-Rachel Otwell, Mulitmedia Journalist, NPR Illinois + ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network. Rachel Otwell is a public radio reporter based in Springfield. She is spending all of 2019 on an investigative project under the guidance of ProPublica. She has degrees in women and gender studies, Black history and public affairs reporting. She has covered statehouse news with an emphasis on equity as well as other topics like education and culture. Her reporting has been featured locally as well as nationally.

-John O’Connor, Political Writer, The Associated Press. John O’Connor has been an Illinois AP Statehouse correspondent since 1998. He won the AP’s top reporting prize, the Gramling Award, in 2010, and the AP’s Charles Rowe Award for best statehouse reporting in 2008. He previously worked for newspapers in Waterloo, Iowa, Bloomington, St. Louis, Arlington Heights, and Springfield.

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