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Fake News Forum

SPJ Fake News Panel: Left to right, Anne Cizmar, associate professor in the Depa

EKU’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists hosted a Fake News Forum Monday, Nov. 6, in Powell Underground. The forum had a panel of political and media experts which consisted of EKU President Michael Benson; Ginny Whitehouse, professor of multimedia news in the Department of Communications; Anne Cizmar, associate professor in the Department of Government and Economics; and Lawrence Smith, reporter for WDRB.

The panelist answered questions from moderator Michael AJ Randolph, lecturer in the Department of Communication, about their perspectives on how and when fake news started in addition to how it affects society today. Toward the end of the forum, attendees were able to ask the panelists questions regarding their answers and more of their personal thoughts on fake news.

For more information about the Fake News Forum read: To watch the video recording of the Fake News Forum visit To read about attendees’ thoughts during the Fake News Forum search #SPJFakeNewsForum on

Becoming a member of SPJ is simple and not limited to journalism majors. Members include students who are majoring in broadcasting, political science and more. Those who are interested in learning about the media industry, planning events that encourage the EKU community to join SPJ and attending SPJ conferences in various cities across the country are encouraged to join today!

EKU SPJ has no fees to join, however, the National SPJ chapter has a student fee of $37.50. The paid membership allows members to receive access to exclusive SPJ content and lasts for a year. The price of the membership will not increase up to three years after the student’s graduation. To become an official SPJ member visit For any questions, concerns or if you’re interested in becoming an EKU SPJ member contact SPJ President Noena Zerna at

Published on November 16, 2017

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