“Fake news,” doctored photos and incessant tweeting. Trump is a master of misinformation, but with the internet and leaders who like to take facts out for a good spin, how do we stay on track when the tweet-storm never lets up? Learn from the experts about how to break through the misinformation and reach the truth when covering any news subject.
Panelists: Karen Bailis, Daniel Funke, Troy Thibodeaux
KAREN BAILIS is a senior news editor at Newsday, where she has helped oversee the features and news copy desks. She also has worked on the sports and national/foreign desks. She’s always been a stickler for proper grammar and the facts and enjoys a clever pun, wordplay and the lyrics of Stephen Sondheim and David Yazbek.
DANIEL FUNKE is a staff writer covering online misinformation for PolitiFact. He previously reported for Poynter as a fact-checking reporter and a Google News Lab Fellow, and has worked for the Los Angeles Times, USA Today and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. When he’s not chasing down online hoaxes, the University of Georgia graduate can be found cycling to your local brewery.
TROY THIBODEAUX is the data science and news applications editor for The Associated Press. He leads a team of data journalists based around the United States who work with reporters, editors and visual journalists to find and tell stories from data. He also oversees teams working on newsroom tools and automation efforts. He previously served as database editor for the AP’s Washington, D.C. bureau, developing data-driven stories and interactives on politics, government and elections. Before joining AP, Thibodeaux worked at the intersection of technology and the newsroom for Advance Internet, where he was part of the team developing emergency applications and maintaining operations for Nola.com during Hurricane Katrina, work for which The Times Picayune/Nola.com received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.