The Williamstown and North Adams public libraries will sponsor a public forum titled “Fact or Fabrication in Today’s News,” on Monday, March 27 at 7 p.m. at the Williamstown Youth Center,
66 School Street in Williamstown.
Intended as an educational rather than partisan conversation, it will feature a panel of journalists, educators and a library advocate taking questions on how news is presented and consumed in modern culture and how the process affects our ability to be informed citizens and voters.
Panelists will touch on the state of media literacy, ways to improve it and the role schools and libraries can play in meeting that challenge. Audience participation is encouraged.
State Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, (D-North Adams) will moderate.
Journalists on the panel include Tammy Daniels, managing editor of iBerkshires; Carrie Saldo, a Berkshire Eagle news reporter with a background in radio and television; Martin Langeveld, former publisher of The Eagle and The Transcript, who currently writes about the media business in his blog “News After Newspapers.”
Educators are Jennifer Browdy, associate professor of comparative literature at Simon’s Rock of Bard College, who is teaching a course on “Media Production and Consumption in the Age of Fake News and Alternative Facts”; Shawn McIntosh, a journalist who teaches English and Communications at Mass. College of Liberal Arts and is a primary adviser to The Beacon student newspaper; and Peter Niemeyer, history teacher at Mt. Greylock Regional High School and adviser to the Greylock Echo student newspaper.
Librarian Krista McLeod, director of the Nevins Memorial Library in Methuen and a member of the Massachusetts Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee, will speak to the role of libraries.
The session will be videotaped by WilliNet for later viewing on Channel 17 and online at WilliNet.org.