Education in the City – “Is it Real? How to Get Ahead of Fake News”

Education in the City – “Is it Real? How to Get Ahead of Fake News”

Date
Thursday, 27 September 2018

The Office of Education Research, together with the National Library Board, held the fourth instalment of Education in the City on the topic of “Is it Real? How to Get Ahead of Fake News” on 18 September 2018.

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The fourth instalment of Education in the City attracted a large audience

The speakers discussed how social media has contributed to the rise of fake news and the factors conducive to the creation of them; as well as practical takeaways in order to call out fake news items. The session attracted a full subscription of 150 participants.

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Associate Professor Csilla Weninger at the National Institute of Education

The first speaker Dr Csilla Weninger, Associate Professor at the English Language & Literature Academic Group at the National Institute of Education, shared about the economic and ideological reasons for the creation of fake news and the disposition and skills that readers need to practise in order to recognize “news” that are untrue.

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Ms Diane Leow, Digital Journalist at Channel News Asia

The second speaker Ms Diane Leow, Digital Journalist at Channel News Asia, offered practical tips and insights on how to check on the untruthful reports and the resources people can turn to for suspected falsehood on circulation in social media.

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Q&A session with examples of fake news

The session concluded with active audience participation with a Q&A session moderated by Mr Mervin Ang, Executive of Engagement at the National Library Board. The ensuing discussion centered on the nature of fake news and a few examples of fake news currently circulating on social media. The session also recapped the actions one could take to counter them.

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Active participation from the audience during the Q&A session.