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Disinformation in the US 2020 Presidential Election

Monday, January 27 at 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Knight Library, Browsing Room
1501 Kincaid Street, Eugene, OR

The threat of online disinformation and the tactics of media manipulation have become increasingly present and complex to navigate. We’re in this together and it is happening, now. 

How do news consumers, journalists, and internet users equip themselves with the skills and knowledge to address this issue? 

This talk will explore issues of media manipulation and how everyone can - and should - equip themselves to combat disinformation in the digital age.

Leading this conversation is Dr. Claire Wardle, a co-founder and Executive Chair of First Draft, the world’s foremost nonprofit focused on research and practice to address mis- and disinformation. 

First Draft is a global non-profit which supports journalists, academics, and technologists working to address challenges relating to trust and truth in the digital age. Much of this is focused on tackling information disorder around elections, and First Draft has led coalitions on this topic in the USFranceUKGermanyBrazil, and Nigeria.

In 2017 Dr. Wardle co-authored a report for the Council of Europe entitled, Information Disorder: Toward an interdisciplinary framework for research and policymaking.  

Previously, Dr. Wardle was a Research Fellow at the Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy, and also the Research Director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School. 

This event is supported by the Hearst Demystifying Media series, run by Professor Damian Radcliffe at University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication.

Full details of the Hearst Demystifying Media archive — featuring podcasts, Q&As with media experts, on topics such as fake news, data journalism, privacy in the age of Google, indigenous media, technology trends, Facebook algorithms, and so much more — can be found here.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations, Presentation, Discussion


School of Journalism and Communication

Target Audience

All Students, Faculty/Staff, General Public, Graduate Students, Alumni, Employers


This is a free event.


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