School of JMS Cleans up the Mess of Disinformation

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Misinformation and disinformation have created a mess.

The School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University, through a five-part webinar series this October, is ready to arm the citizens of San Diego – and beyond – with ways to stop the mess from spreading.

The “Disinfecting Disinformation” free webinar series will focus on helping citizens spot, stop and debunk everything from fake news to malicious disinformation.

“As a media school, we have a dual duty to the community,” began Dr. Temple Northup, director of the School of JMS. “We are training future journalists, public relations professionals and communicators … but we also serve our community in helping them navigate media literacy.”

Data from the 2020 Disinformation in Society report expose a soiled media environment, where “more than half of Americans see misinformation and disinformation as ‘major problems’ in the U.S., compared to other societal issues.”

JMS and the Broom Center’s community engagement enables the university’s resources to provide value to the region. This webinar series is in collaboration with the Glen M. Broom Center for Professional Development in Public Relations, The San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego Public Library, inewsource, PRSA San Diego/Imperial Counties and the San Diego Association of Black Journalists.

About our partners

The San Diego Union-Tribune’s mission is to spread knowledge, build understanding and create opportunity in the communities we serve. We strive to elevate civic discourse through the journalistic pursuit of truth. Fairness, accuracy and honesty are our fundamental values.

PRSA’s commitment to advocacy is in supporting the ethical practice of public relations, speaking out against the willful misrepresentation of, or confusion about the communications profession and proactively addressing other issues that may have an impact on the profession and members.

The San Diego Public Library’s mission is to inspire lifelong learning through connections to knowledge and each other.

inewsource is a nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom in San Diego committed to exposing wrongdoing and holding powerful people and institutions accountable. inewsource is dedicated to improving lives in the San Diego region and beyond through impactful, data-based investigative and accountability journalism.

San Diego Association of Black Journalists advocates on behalf of African American journalists in San Diego. It is committed to strengthening ties among Black journalists; sensitizing all media to the importance of fairness in the workplace for Black journalists; and expanding job opportunities and recruiting activities for veteran, young and aspiring Black journalists, while providing continued professional development and training.

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