The Truth About Fake News and What To Do About It
Saturday, September 12, 2-4:30pm, via Zoom
Faculty from Iowa State University's Greenlee School of Journalism and ISU Graduate Students in Psychology will lead an online, interactive media literacy workshop identifying and developing tools in order to better navigate the shifting media landscape. A team of experts will define the role of journalists versus media, identify how to develop visual literacy skills, explore why our brains are persuaded by misinformation, and share mindfulness tips around news consumption. Participants will break into small, facilitated groups to practice applying some of these concepts and skills.
Presented in partnership with Ames Public Library, Iowa State University Greenlee School of Journalism and Iowa State University Graduate Students in Psychology.
Julie Roosa is the First Amendment Specialist at the Iowa State University Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication. Her position is devoted to improving understanding about the First Amendment and involves outreach, training, and teaching. She earned a law degree and master’s degree from Drake University, where she focused on the First Amendment, Constitutional law, civil rights, media law, and journalism. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in Journalism.
Sherry Berghefer is an associate teaching professor in the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University. Her areas of expertise are in visual communication and human computer interaction. She has more than 20 years of experience, both as a practitioner and as an educator. As a former reporter, she understands the importance of being able to trust news sources. As a visual communicator, she understands how critical truthfulness is in visual messages.
Anthony Miller is a graduate student in Iowa State University's Cognitive Psychology program.
Rachel O'Donnell is a second-year graduate student in Iowa State University's Cognitive Psychology program. She conducts research in the Memory, Law, and Education lab ISU, where she primarily studies eyewitness memory and the misinformation effect.
Crystal Jewell is a graduate student co-majoring in the Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience Interdepartmental programs at Iowa State University. Her work revolves around mindfulness and creativity, where she currently uses electroencephalography (EEG) to record brain electrical activity in tandem with behavioral measures to understand the many subjective and objective facets that intertwine the two experiences together.
Ryan Ditchfield is a doctoral candidate in Social Psychology at Iowa State University. He specializes in psychological issues in the justice system, including eyewitness decision making, forensic evidence, and police interrogations.
Corrine Schwarting is a first year student in the counseling psychology PhD program. Her research and personal interests are around substance use behaviors, mindfulness/meditation, therapeutic benefits of nature, and stopping the spread of fake news.
Jessica E. Munoz is a graduate student in the Psychology Department at Iowa State University. She conducts research in the psychology and law domain to examine the social-cognitive factors underlying wrongful convictions. She plans to focus on forensic evidence evaluation, false confessions, and racial biases in the legal system.
Hugo Seguin is a graduate student in the Psychology Department at Iowa State University. He studies media effects on the individual, media violence, and gaming.
Tyler Knapland is a PhD Student studying Psychology at Iowa State University. His research focuses on attitude structure, function, and change.
Ebby Brown is a Library Assistant at Ames Public Library. She assists with program development, outreach, and serving the greater Ames community.