Lecture on fake news set for Feb. 26

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 Journalist and author James McGrath Morris will be the guest speaker at the monthly Voices of Los Alamos progressive advocacy meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage St.

Morris will speak on “Journalism Ethics and the War over Fake News: A Guide for Citizens Wanting to be Media Literate.”

“Media literacy is not a matter of ideology, but is rather a skill,” said Morris. “The recent and far-reaching changes in journalism, however, require more from citizens who want remained engaged in civic life.”

The evening presentation will focus on the development of the mass media, look at how fake news has been part of the media for more than a century, discuss the ethics of journalism, and provide insights on ways to evaluate news. 

“There are plenty of simple and easy ways citizens can remain in touch with events today despite the worry about so-called ‘fake news,’” Morris said.

Voices of Los Alamos is a progressive advocacy group created as a way for Los Alamos residents to voice their concerns over the current political events (both at the state and at the federal levels). They strive to build community, educate, discuss, and enact action plans, with a focus on the following issues: social justice, women’s rights, human rights, education, environment, health care, gun safety, election reform. People with backgrounds in all political views can attend.

For information, call Cristina Olds at 944-6525, or email wmwlosalamos@gmail.com.