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FGCU professor to tackle fake news

By BIG ARTS - | Jan 29, 2021

PHOTO PROVIDED Lyn Millner

In the last few years, the term “fake news” has settled firmly into our lexicon, according to Florida Gulf Coast University journalism professor Lyn Millner. This issue is the next topic in BIG ARTS Talking Points Series, with Millner taking part virtually for a discussion on Feb. 4 at 4 p.m.

The phrase is used to discredit not only information on fringe Websites, but also news from established media outlets. How did it gain traction? Is it simply a convenient weapon for dismissing what we do not want to believe, or have news organizations also become less reliable? With the nation so bitterly divided politically facts seem harder to come by. How can we, as responsible and intelligent news consumers, tease out what — and whom — to trust?

An expert in news literacy, Millner has written and produced stories for NPR’s Morning Edition, the New York Times and the Miami Herald. She is also the author of “The Allure of Immortality: An American Cult, a Florida Swamp, and a Renegade Prophet” about the Koreshans of Estero.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, most of this season’s presenters will make virtual appearances and not be physically present in the hall. Participants can live stream the sessions from home. During or following the talk, they will be able to text questions and comments to the speaker.

To purchase seated and virtual tickets, call the box office at 239-395-0900.

For more information, visit BIGARTS.org.