Panel discussion examines spread of fake news

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| WMU News

How to catch fake news before it catches you.KALAMAZOO, Mich.—An interactive panel discussion examining the widespread proliferation of fake news stories will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, at Western Michigan University.

"How to Catch Fake News Before it Catches You" is the topic of the event at the Lee Honors College Lounge. Panelists will discuss how to avoid getting caught by a fake news story, the impact of fake news on our democracy, why it spreads so easily, and whose responsibility it is to prevent the spread.


  • Sue Ellen Christian, professor of communication and gender and women's studies
  • Mickey Ciokajlo, regional news manager for Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Muskegon, MLive Media Group
  • Peter W. Wielhouwer, associate professor of political science, director of the Institute for Government and Politics

Hosted by the WMU Libraries, the free and open event is sponsored by the Lee Honors College, School of Communication and Department of Political Science at WMU.

For more information, visit or contact Lou Morgan, University Libraries, at (269) 387-5230 or

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