Local libraries announce topics for “Noise vs. News” series


OGLESBY – Scholars, journalists and the public are gathering this month to explore the professional and public responsibilities related to establishing truth in news and using that knowledge as a first step in finding common ground.

Offered on consecutive Thursdays in April, “Noise vs. News” is being hosted by the Jacobs Library at Illinois Valley Community College and the LaSalle Public Library. This important and timely series will include topics on the First Amendment and its protections, “fake” news detection, the ethics of journalism and the importance of truth and courage in maintaining a democracy.

The first program, “The First Amendment and the Free Press" was held April 6 at IVCC.

On April 13, the LaSalle Public Library, 305 Marquette St., LaSalle will host Bill Cassidy, associate professor of journalism, Northern Illinois University for the second in the series. Cassidy will present “Online Journalism and the Proliferation of Fake News.”

The third program, “The Allure of Fake News: Journalism, Ethics, and Critical Thinking in the Age of Misinformation,” will be presented by Professor Stephanie Craft, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Media, beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 20 at the LaSalle Public Library.

The final program will take place on Thursday, April 27 at Illinois Valley Community College, Oglesby in Room CTC 124-125. Moderator Amanda Cook Fesperman will discuss diverse aspects of media, journalism and democracy with accomplished representatives of the journalism community including Jenna Dooley, reporter for WNIJ and host for All Things Considered; Jeff Dankert, reporter for the News Tribune; and David Giuliani, reporter for The Times.

Each of the events will be followed by an audience question and answer session.

This series is free and open to the public. Funding for “Noise vs. News” was made possible through a grant from the Reaching Across Illinois Library System. All events will be live-streamed; links for streaming will be available on both the Illinois Valley Community College and LaSalle Public Library websites. Each event will later be archived, captioned and available in English and Spanish via links provided by both institutions.

IVCC and the LaSalle Public Library are ADA compliant and welcoming. If you wish to attend an event and have special needs because of a disability or if you have other questions, please contact Jayna Leipart Guttilla at (815) 224-0306 or Donna Blomquist at (815) 223-2341 to discuss arrangements. Please provide one week to arrange for an American Sign Language interpreter.

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