How "Fake" is the News?


Name Email Phone
Jack Mitchell 608-274-6903

Do news media lie, twist, and exaggerate? Do sources lie, spin, and conceal? Both the media and their sources might contribute to “fake news.” The course will consider the distinction between facts and truth, between news and opinion, between public relations and propaganda. We will examine the evolution of these and related concepts, particularly in the context of emerging digital media. Participants will seek out examples of fake (or genuine) news for discussion in class.

Students should bring to class laptops, i-pads, or cellphones in order to read e-mail messages and on-line media.


Christ Presbyterian Church

Meeting Day


Meeting Time

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Start Date

March 6, 2020

End Date

April 24, 2020


High participation with assignments or presentations

Class Size


Class notes

To Enroll: contact course coordinator about enrollment and course registration.

# of Sessions: 8

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Edie Urness-Pondillo
UW-Madison Continuing Studies
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