Fake news and phony information have become mainstream in our discussions. What to believe? How do we know what is accurate, propaganda and just plain false?
Joseph Amditis, an expert on the topic of news literacy will explain the news environment and the techniques for recognizing the credible from the fake.
Speaker: Joe Amditis
Joe Amditis is the associate director of the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University. He produces a podcast called WTF Just Happened Today, which tracks the daily shock and awe in national politics. He graduated from Rutgers University in 2013 and earned a B.A. with a double-major in political science and criminal justice. In 2016, he received his M.A. from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. He’s also cofounder and former director of operations of Muckgers, a local investigative publication serving the Rutgers-New Brunswick community.
Joe served in the New Jersey Army National Guard from 2006-2013, and was deployed to Camp Bucca, Iraq from 2008-2009.
Over the last three years, Joe has coordinated two statewide collaborative reporting projects in New Jersey: Dirty Little Secrets: New Jersey’s Toxic Legacy and In the Shadow of Liberty: Immigration in NJ. He is currently working on a third collaborative reporting endeavor, called Voting Block, which focuses on the upcoming 2017 gubernatorial election in New Jersey.