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The Department of Communication Studies offers many kinds of events, most free and open to the public. We organize and sponsor numerous lectures, workshops and conferences over the course of the academic year. Our programming covers a wide range of topics and features presenters from diverse disciplines and is designed to foster an understanding of the mass media and emerging media.


Trump, Twitter and Fake News: How Journalists Can Build Credibility by Opening Up Their Work

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post
Thursday, October 26, 2017
2:30-4:00 PM
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre Map
Free and open to the public.
Doors open at 2 p.m. Seating is on a first-come basis.
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How should the press adapt when those in power use the epithet “fake news” to attack real reporting? Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post, offers suggestions for both reporters and news consumers on navigating this new era. He will discuss how journalists can open up their own reporting process through social media, show the public the work that underlies their stories and invite readers in as collaborators.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Fahrenthold used social media to follow-up on Donald Trump’s pledge to donate money to veterans groups. Posting his reporter’s notes on Twitter to solicit leads, Fahrenthold uncovered Trump’s questionable charitable practices and found no evidence that Trump donated money to veterans groups as he’d claimed. Fahrenthold was also the first reporter to reveal the existence of the “Access Hollywood” 2005 video in which Trump bragged about groping women. For his series of stories, Fahrenthold won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.

A graduate of Harvard, Fahrenthold has been at The Washington Post since 2000. There he reports on President Trump’s businesses and conflicts of interest. He previously covered the Washington, D.C., police, the environment, New England, Congress and the federal bureaucracy for the paper.
Building: Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Discussion, English Department, Free, Information and Technology, Lecture, Media, Politics, Undergraduate, Webcast, Writing
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Wallace House, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Communication Studies, Department of English Language and Literature

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