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Registration Now Open for ACRL DVC Program: News and Media Literacy

Registration is now open for the ACRL Delaware Valley Chapter’s fall program! 

Fact, False, or Just Flawed: Critically Examining the News in the Age of Truthiness

Date: Friday, November 17, 2017

Location: University of Pennsylvania Law School

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Register for the event: http://aocarldvc.wildapricot.org/event-2674671


The 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 will hear from media scholars and journalists about professional practices and principles and the impact of technology and other forces that shape the news. We will also hear from librarians who are using innovative methods for teaching students to critically examine sources of information.


The program will consist of a keynote presentation, panel discussion, lighting talks, and end with a Chapter meeting.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.




Award-winning author and journalist, Dr. Pamela Newkirk, is a professor at the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Her books include Within the Veil: Black Journalists, White Media; Letters from Black America; and her 2015 book Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga, (HarperCollins). Newkirk will present her research on race and the news and discuss current trends and issues in the field of journalism.


Panel Discussion

Tom Ipri is the Associate Director for Public Services & Programming at St. Joseph’s University (Moderator).

Vanessa Schipani works for Annenberg Public Policy Center and is a Science Writer at FactCheck.org

Mark Dent is a reporter for Billy Penn and Politifact: Pennsylvania Edition

Sarah Hartman-Caverly is a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Delaware County Community College.


Lightning Talks

Practitioners will share examples of their work on a project, a technique used, a resource created, or other strategies that relate to news literacy.

Submit a proposal before October 20http://bit.ly/2wmR5h4