Session Reports for the Fall 2017 Program

ACRL Delaware Valley Chapter, Fall 2017 Program

Fact, False, or Just Flawed:
Critically Examining News in the Age of Truthiness
November 17, 2017
at University of Pennsylvania Law School

Sessions Reports

image of attendeesThe current political climate has called into question basic ideals of information quality. Objectivity, bias, opinion, fact, and evidence are thrown into question at every turn. The old standbys for teaching source evaluation now seem insufficient. So how do we teach our students to be smart and ethical information consumers and producers? We heard from media scholars and journalists about professional practices and principles and the impact of technology and other forces that shape the news. We  also heard from librarians who are using innovative methods for teaching students to critically examine sources of information.

Pamela Newkirk ImageKeynote

Pamela Newkirk, Professor of Journalism and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, New York University

View Session Report by Carol Howe

Expert Panel

image of panelTom Ipri (Moderator), Associate Director for Public Services & Programming, St. Joseph’s University

Mark Dent, Reporter, Billy Penn and Politifact: Pennsylvania Edition

Sarah Hartman-Caverly, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Delaware County Community College

Vanessa Schipani, Annenberg Public Policy Center and Science Writer for FactCheck.org

John L Sullivan, Associate Professor of Media & Communication, Muhlenberg College

View Session Report by Penny Lochner

Lightning Round

Group 1

View Session Report by Jess Denke

Humorous Accounts of Fake News — Why They’re Not So Funny by Lane Glisson, Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY

Muckraking 2.Gonz0: Reframing Alt-Media by  Sarah Hartman-Caverly, Delaware County Community College (slides)

Balancing act: Making a small shift to complicate an evaluation activity by Jennifer Jarson, Penn State Lehigh Valley (slides)

Power and privilege in media and research: A new First Year Seminar by Joanna Gadsby and Katy Sullivan, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (slides)

Internet fakery is a many-splendored thing: teaching first-year students about digital dangers by Jasmine Woodson, Lehigh University (slides)

Group 2

View Session Report by Jessica Brangiel

image of attendees Digital Media Literacy Workshop Series by Vickie Karasic, University of Pennsylvania Libraries (slides)

Memes: Learning, Literacy, and Lulz by Mariya Zharova, Former Research Fellow at Drexel ExCITe Center (slides)

The Tequila Diet: Using Questionable Health Claims to Teach Undergraduates about Fake News by Alex Pfundt, Bryn Mawr College (slides)

Source Cards for Critical Consumption of Information: Active Learning for Digital Natives by Jess Denke, Muhlenberg College (slides)

Examining Bias and Objectivity in Journalism by Eleanor Goldberg, Delaware County Community College (slides)