February 17, 2017

CARTERVILLE — A John A. Logan College course will delve into the matter of “fake news.”

Michael Spikes, an instructor at the Center for News Literacy at New York City’s Stony Brook University, will be on campus March 10 for a one-day seminar to discuss a variety of journalistic subjects including the apparent rampancy of fake news.

The course will go from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. There is a $25 fee. It is being offered through the College’s Community Education Department.

According to Spikes, the course is designed to teach students to exercise their power as citizens by becoming perceptive news consumers. Spikes says the course aims at arming students with critical-thinking skills and give a firm grasp of relevant history and practical knowledge about the news media.

“Students learn how to find the reliable information they need to make decisions, take action, make judgements and responsibly share information through social media,” Spikes says. “At a time when the digital revolution is spawning a flood of information and disinformation each day, the course seeks to help students recognize the differences between facts and rumor, news and promotion, news and opinion, bias and fairness, assertion and verification, and evidence and inference.”

Dr. Barry Hancock is dean of the College’s Community Education Department. He said the department has worked to expand the variety of continuing education courses and that Spikes’ course should appeal to persons who are avid news consumers.

Hancock explained, too, that Spikes being an international speaker on news literacy should make the course even more interesting.

“This is a one-day opportunity to hear from a speaker with his level of intensity on a subject that is of major concern across the nation and around the world,” Hancock said.

Spikes began his work with News Literacy in 2010 as a participant in the Center’s Summer Institute For Teachers at Stony Brook University. At that time, Spikes was a high school teacher in the Washington D.C. Public Schools, teaching courses in media production, and as a Teacher Advisory Board Member of the Newseum in Washington D.C.

For more information on the course, contact the Community Education Department at 618-985-2828, Ext. 5.