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Teaching Fake News – A workshop with Alastair Brian (Ferret Fact Service)

Branch: East Branch

Oct 22 2018

Price: £25/member £30/non member Plus VAT
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Event Aims:

This practical workshop aims to enable library and information professionals to teach young people (at school, college or university level) how they can better assess information on the internet and social media.

What is meant by ‘fake news’? Introduction and group discussion.

How can we teach it to young people? Alastair will help attendees put together a plan for teaching young people about ‘fake news’, how to be a sceptical internet user, and share some tips to research claims and debunk articles, images and memes on social media.


Alastair Brian delivered an introduction to fake news at the Cilips Autumn Gathering in 2017 – Combating ‘fake news’ – Separating fact from fiction in an ever-changing world.

Alastair is a journalist who has worked for STV News, ITV Border and BBC Scotland across features, news and politics. He is the fact-checker for Ferret Fact Service and runs fact-checking workshops across the country. He is passionate about democratising access to data and increasing skills to help people hold the powerful to account.

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Event Details:

Please note that Spaces limited: the first 20 attendees to sign up will receive a free 8GB data stick containing teaching Fake News hints and tips.