The University of Maine at Augusta College of Arts and Sciences and the University of Maine at Augusta Senior College has announced the next Forum on the Future entitled News, Real or Fake? The program will be at Jewett Hall on the university campus on Sunday, January 28, from 2 – 4 p.m. A snow date is scheduled for February 4. There will be a panel presentation with a refreshment break, followed by a question and answer period. Forums are the presentation of the variety of ideas on a subject, and are not intended for debate.
The January forum will be introduced and moderated by Marilyn Canavan, of Waterville, a former state legislator and a retired Director of the State Ethics Committee.
Today, we are hearing repeated accusations of news items being real or fake, and many are confused about how these terms are used and when they are accurate.
Also participating will be Mal Leary, political correspondent for Maine Public, Bill Nemitz, columnist for Maine Today, and Jessica Lowell, journalist with the Kennebec Journal.
Leary is the winner of many awards, he reports regularly on state government and politics. He is a native Mainer, and lifelong journalist.
Nemitz is an experienced wartime correspondent, having followed our troops three times to Iraq, and twice to Afghanistan. In fact, in 2004, he was cited a Maine Journalist of the Year by the Maine Press Association.
Lowell has won awards for investigatory and explanatory journalism.
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