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Fake News, Real Teens: Problems and Possibilities

Fake News, Real Teens: Problems and Possibilities In-Person

Please join us for a new series examining the impact of news media on young people, and seeking ways to address the very real concerns in this area.  We will begin with a pair of open forums led by nationally renowned media professionals and scholars, and youth journalists working in the field. These will be intergenerational dialogues open to community members of all ages, connecting national questions about news, veracity and truth with the specific media habits and experiences of local teens. Through full group discussions and smaller breakout sessions we will take a look at how these issues affect our community, then come together to share and explore possibilities for change.

These forums will be followed by two immersive programs to be held in 2019 in which teens will have the opportunity to learn firsthand about journalism and create original news media. The first will be a two day media literacy bootcamp in February, followed by a 5-week media production workshop in the summer of 2019.  

NOTE: Teens interested in participating in either the bootcamp or summer workshop MUST attend one of the Fake News forums offered in 2018, and be within the ages of 14-18 on or before March 23, 2019.

Please read further for descriptions of each of the open forums:

Fake News, Real Teens: Problems
Sunday, November 4 | 1-4 pm
The world of journalism has changed drastically in the past several years, especially for young people. Every day we gain further evidence of the widespread impact of fake news, which has been shown to be far more harmful to teens. In this, the first of two community forums, we will explore the causes and effects of this and begin to explore possible solutions in an open discussion connecting scholars, journalists, and community members.

Facilitator: Aden Suchak, Youth FX producer and instructor


  • Amanda Fries, Times Union reporter
  • Heather Kovar, CBS News anchor and reporter
  • Tom Mackey, Empire State College professor and author

Fake News, Real Teens: Possibilities
Sunday, December 2 | 1-4 pm
For this second community forum we will take a closer look at how fake news impacts young people, trends in youth access and interaction with news media, and what possibilities can be used or created to help teens better use and influence local media. Through focused breakout sessions and panel discussions led by teens currently working in video and radio journalism and other new media, we will explore current examples of teens interacting with news media in new and positive ways, closing with an open discussion of concrete next steps we can take here in our community.


  • Rosa Clemente, Journalist, Scholar, Activist
  • Muna Mire, writer and fact-checker for Teen Vogue, Vice, Bitch and more
  • more tbc

This program is made possible by a Humanities New York Action Grant and offered in partnership with Youth FX.

Dates & Times:
1:00pm - 4:00pm, Sunday, November 4, 2018
1:00pm - 4:00pm, Sunday, December 2, 2018
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Washington Ave. Large Auditorium
Washington Avenue
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Event Organizer

Tor Loney

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