Real or Fake? Making Our Way in Post Fact America

Tuesday, June 16 at 6 pm via Zoom

Misinformation, disinformation, and political rhetoric are not new, but is this more acute today than in the past? We are overwhelmed by information and the inexhaustible number of news sources that bring it to us. In this program, we looked at the impact of “fake news” and how we as citizens can remain educated, thoughtful, discerning consumers of information. View the program or watch the recorded program on YouTube.


(L-R) Melanie Plenda, Director, Granite State News Collaborative; Jim Schachter, President & CEO, New Hampshire Public Radio; Jay Schadler, formerly of ABC News; Facilitator: Dr. Tricia Peone, Public Programs Manager, New Hampshire Humanities

The "Big Questions" we explored...

• What is fake news? What does that mean?
• How can we evaluate the accuracy of the news?
• Has there always been fake news?
• What are some of the impacts of inaccurate or misleading reporting?
• What has been the impact so far of the COVID-19 pandemic on local news?
• What impact does fake news have on civic engagement?

For an audio recording of the program, click HERE. To view the video recording, click below.

This series is part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry. We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.

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For more information about Ideas on Tap, contact Dr. Tricia Peone, Program Manager, at 603-224-4071, ext. 115 or  

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Want to explore them more? Organize a similar event or a whole series in your community with the support of a New Hampshire Humanities Community Project Grant.


This project was funded in part by a grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation's A.F. Zellers and W.G. Saltonstall Frontiers of Knowledge, Alice Hale Penniman Memorial Fund

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