Fake News Programs

Fairfield Museum Fake News Project

Journalism is critical to a healthy democracy.

For citizens to make informed decisions they need reliable news and information. Connecticut Humanities is helping to facilitate a statewide exploration about why people are distrustful of news, how technology is changing information consumption, and how citizens can better evaluate news sources. Our goal: to engage and inform Connecticut’s citizens about the essential role journalism plays in helping us understand our world.

Educator Workshop: Fighting Fake News presented by Newseum
Tuesday, October 9, 4 – 6pm. FREE. Register online here >>

Arm your students with the skills they need to strike a balance between cynic and sucker as they navigate a media landscape where real and fake sometimes look all too similar. In Fighting Fake News: How to Help Your Students Outsmart Trolls and Troublemakers, teachers learn a practical approach to helping students avoid one of the major pitfalls of today’s digital media: falling for fake information. Examine real-life case studies that bring to life the challenges of today’s media landscape and model an easy-to-implement strategy for staying a step ahead. Throughout the session, discussion and activities explore best practices for meeting students’ need for enhanced media savvy in the academic realm and their daily lives. Professional Development generously sponsored by First County Bank Foundation.

Fake News Educator WorkshopDigital Citizenship Workshop for Teens, Parents & Adults with Newseum from Washington, DC
Tuesday, October 9, 7 – 8:30pm. Free.
Recommended for youth ages 13 and up, parents, and adults. Register online here >>

What qualifies as “fake news?” Why should you care what’s real and what’s not? How can the motivations behind news stories shape the content? Enjoy an interactive presentation by educators from the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Dive into the complexity of digital citizenship through case studies that bring to life the challenges of today’s media landscape, and leave with an easy-to-remember strategy for staying a step ahead. Refreshments will be servedAll participants will receive a certificate of completion.

Fairfield Museum Fake News Programs

Professional Development Day Tuesday, November 6
Both workshops are free and open to pre-service teachers, educators, library media specialists, museum educators, and docents. Please register online for either or both sessions here >>

Fake News: Now and Then 9:30am – 10:30am

Dr. Beth Rose, Library Director, and Christine Jewell, Director of Education.
Biased news has been a factor throughout much of U.S. history. Learn how questioning primary sources can help students to think critically about all sources of information.

CT Public Learning Network and Thinkalong 10:30am – 12pm

Rose Pierre-Louis of the CT Public Learning Network will share the resources of the newly re-launched Thinkalong website. Thinkalong is a web-based learning program that uses resources from PBS, NPR, and other public media stations to engage middle and high school students in discussions about current events. Using public media — video, audio and digital reports — about newsworthy topics, Thinkalong helps students think critically about media messages, develop informed opinions, and practice how to take a stand. Professional Development generously sponsored by First County Bank Foundation.

Lunchtime Lecture: Get Your Facts Straight
Tuesday, November 6, 12:30 – 1:30pm. Free.
Recommended for students in high school and college, parents, educators, and adults. Register online here >>

It’s so easy to click “share” on social media – did you check the facts first? Dr. Adam Rugg, Associate Professor of Communication, Fairfield University, discusses how to be a savvy media consumer. Bring your smartphone and join us for a simple online activity that demonstrates how the internet can easily skew perspectives. How do we continue to be informed and engaged citizens, especially after the elections?

Fairfield Museum Fake NewsMuseum After Dark: The Media and the Mid-Term Elections
Thursday, November 15, 6 – 8pm. Free. Register online here >>
Wine & Cheese Reception: 6 – 6:30pm; Program at 6:30pm.

A panel of journalists and professors, moderated by Larry Rifkin, will examine the state of journalism, news consumption today in relation to the recent mid-term elections. Panelists include Daniela Altimari, statehouse reporter at the Hartford Courant; Dr. Jocelyn Borczka, Associate Professor of Politics; Fairfield University; Steven Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning multimedia photojournalist and associate professor of visual journalism at the University of Connecticut; and Ebon Udoma, senior political report for WSHU.

Thank You to Connecticut Humanities


These programs are presented with thanks to Connecticut Humanities, a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities that provides opportunities to explore the history, literature and the vibrant culture that make our state, cities and towns attractive places to live and work. It is also part of CTH’s year-long exploration, “Fake News is it Real? Journalism in the Age of Social Media,” and 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. Learn more by visiting cthumanities.org.

Professional Development generously supported by First County Bank Foundation. 

Presented in partnership with the League of Women Voters, Fairfield Chapter