Sometimes the stories are made up, like “Pope Francis endorses Donald Trump.” Sometimes they’re politicians’ spin, like dueling claims of lawmakers in Tallahassee and Gov. Rick Scott over money for economic development. And sometimes, they’re flat-out lies. As more and more of us expand our news sources – going beyond newspapers and broadcast media to websites, Facebook and Twitter — we’re running into more and more stories that raise questions. Fake News? Real news? Something in between? And how do you tell the difference?
Join the First Amendment Foundation and the Tallahassee Democrat for an evening with professionals — Joshua Gillin from PolitiFact, which won a Pulitzer Prize for its fact-checking; WFSU News Director Lynn Hatter; Tampa Bay Times bureau chief Steve Bousquet; and Democrat Editor William Hatfield — who’ll talk about what you can do to identify where a story comes from, and what’s behind it.