Back to Class: Fighting Fake News - How You Can Help Stop the Spread of Misinformation

With the proliferation of social media, where algorithms determine what you see and hear, echo chambers can make it harder than ever to determine what the true story really is. Misinformation can run rampant before traditional news media can catch up. Jennifer Konfrst, associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will cover questions like: What role do media play in combatting so-called "fake news"? How do you even define fake news? And how can consumers make an impact?

When: Wednesday, May 19 at 6:00 pm CT
Platform: Zoom (Link will be emailed to registered participants prior to the event.)

About the Program: Back to Class features speakers from Drake's campus in a virtual setting. Bulldogs are invited to join from wherever they are to learn about unique topics, hear from voices on campus, and connect with the Drake community.

For event accommodations or questions, please contact Amelia Klatt at amelia.klatt@drake.edu or 515-271-3378.

Jennifer KonfrstAbout Jennifer: Jennifer Konfrst is an associate professor in Drake’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She created and currently leads Drake’s Strategic Political Communication program, and she teaches public relations and graduate courses. Prior to joining the journalism faculty in 2013, she worked in public relations for 20 years, most recently at Iowa Public Television. She served as the statewide network’s spokesperson and worked extensively as an on-air host. She has also worked on political campaigns and is currently serving her second term in the Iowa House of Representatives. Jennifer is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America and holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Drake. Her research interests include the spread of misinformation in the media and its impact; women in state-level political office; and messaging in presidential commencement speeches.

Jennifer lives in Windsor Heights, Iowa with her husband of 25 years, Lee Konfrst, and her two children: Ellie, 20, a junior at the University of Notre Dame; and James, 18, a first-year student at the University of Iowa.

 

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Wednesday May 19
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Misinformation can run rampant before traditional news media can catch up. Jennifer Konfrst, associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will cover questions like: What role do media play in combatting so-called "fake news"? How do you even define fake news? And how can consumers make an impact?
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