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#SPJTruth Day

October 22, 2020

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October 22, 11:00 am ET

#SPJTruth Day: What's fact and what's fiction when reporting on the campaign trail?

Learn from Glenn Kessler, editor and chief writer of The Washington Post's Fact Checker and Asawin Suebsaeng, White House Reporter at The Daily Beast, about how to cut through lies, unproven conspiracies, disinformation and report the truth during this high-stakes election season. Moderated by SPJ Ethics Committee Chair Danielle McLean.

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October 22, 12:00 pm ET

#SPJTruth Day Twitter chat

Participate in a Twitter chat with SPJ National President Matthew T. Hall using the #SPJTruth hashtag. The topic: Journalism Ethics and Integrity in 2020. Use the 'More information' link below to submit questions ahead of time.

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October 22, 1:00 pm ET

#SPJTruth Day: How to respond to misinformation, disinformation, and 'fake news' while building trust with your audience

Featuring Joy Mayer and Lynn Walsh of the Trusting News project.

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October 22, 4:00 pm ET

#SPJTruth Day: Disinformation during a heated presidential campaign

Social media is swarming with sophisticated disinformation campaigns and manipulated media that can snare even the most tech-savvy journalists. Groups and individuals frequently set traps for journalists, exploiting the algorithms designed to give social media users the platform experiences they've come to enjoy. With one of the most heated and divisive presidential campaigns still underway, the Society of Professional Journalists is hosting a free webinar via Zoom featuring a leading expert on online extremism, media manipulation and disinformation campaigns.

Fresh from testifying before Congress, Dr. Joan Donovan will sit for a one-hour interview with SPJ Journalist on Call Rod Hicks. Dr. Donovan is Research Director at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Hicks will focus his questions on online activity directed to journalists and ways journalists are unwittingly used to help spread misinformation and recruit for extremist groups.

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October 22, 5:00 pm ET

#SPJTruth Day: 'Selling Lies' free screening and director interview

Screening of the documentary 'Selling Lies,' an explosive new film by Academy Award-Nominated Director Leslie Iwerks, followed by a Q&A with Iwerks and Rebecca Aguilar, SPJ president-elect.

In 2016, an army of teenagers in Macedonia discovered a wildly lucrative game of posting false political clickbait news articles on Facebook for profit. By creating websites leading up to the presidential election that published sensationalized and misleading news stories about American politics, they generated a massive income and influenced the election. Selling Lies offers a rare glimpse inside the secret network behind these websites, including one notorious ringleader whose social media reach had vast implications on American readers, and explores how disinformation campaigns are continuing to strongly impact the U.S. today leading into the 2020 presidential election.

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