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Speak Up GR Fake News

Grand Rapids Public Library

Contact Name: Kristen Krueger-Corrado,
Type of Initiative: Civil Society  
Initiative Partners: Grand Valley State University 


On January 18, 2017, the Grand Rapids Public Library hosted a community forum to discuss fake news and how to be an informed citizen. Nearly 100 people gathered to hear the panel discuss the issues surrounding information literacy. Panelists discussed some best practices people can use while reading articles online; Should it be a platform’s responsibility to help prevent the spread of fake news?; How do we instill critical thinking skills in the average American adult population? Participants learned how false news stories spread and why people believe them.

Panelists included Grand Rapids Business Journal’s staff reporter Pat Evans, GVSU educators Eric Harvey and Len O’Kelly, Bridge Magazine’s Ted Roelofs, and GRIID’s Jeff Smith. The Grand Rapids Public Library’s Business Librarian, Steven Assarian, moderated. A video of the discussion can be seen here.