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City Club of Eugene: Editing Your News Feeds

Recorded on : April 7, 2017

Air Date: April 10, 2017

Today, perhaps more than ever, we must take responsibility for vetting the news we receive. Trusted news sources are often compromised by politics, ideology, and/or money. In this day and age when anyone can develop content based on facts, alternative facts, or just plain bull*&^%, click “send” or “post” and have it read around the world, we must be diligent editors of the “news” we receive, even from those we have traditionally trusted. With almost unlimited access to news, how do you know what is factual and what is not?

This timely and important program will provide insight into the reporting of events, the creation of news, the distribution of “news” and the consequences, good and bad, of broader access to information. Our speaker, Todd Milbourn, will explore the critical questions we must ask about the news we receive from known and unknown sources. You will take away practical tips and tools for fact checking to ensure you can be a good editor of the stories you receive to ensure your actions, including the forwarding of “interesting news stories” are based on facts, not fiction.

Todd Milbourn is an investigative reporter and journalism instructor at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. A former staff reporter at The Sacramento Bee, Milbourn teaches courses on multimedia storytelling, media entrepreneurship and investigative reporting.

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Love Cross joined KLCC in 2017. She began her public radio career as a graduate student, serving as Morning Edition Host for Boise State Public Radio in the late 1990s. She earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California at Davis, and her Master’s Degree from Boise State University. In addition to her work in public radio, Love teaches college-level courses in Communication and Public Speaking.