Online Teachers Seminar: Fake News? Combating Misinformation in the Digital Age




Thursday, December 10, 2020


Online via Click Meeting 


Pädagogisches Landesinstitut Rheinland-Pfalz
Butenschönstraße 2
67346 Speyer


Lehrer*innen aus Rheinland-Pfalz


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Fake news, misinformation, lies or falsehoods—the terms vary, but they often center on the same issue: the circulation of inaccurate or misleading information within the media and its audiences. With more and more people receiving their information and news online and specifically from social media, the unfiltered spread of so-called “fake news” has become a challenge for democracies and constituents. Especially now, in the context of a heated U.S. election, a global pandemic and social protest against policy brutality and racism, an accurately informed audience is crucial in order to engage with these complex topics.

In this seminar, we want to take a closer look at the U.S. media system and how its design might help explain the spread of such fake news. In a society that has become increasingly polarized, what happens when people start living in alternate media realities and what information do they consume? How does the structure of the media system accelerate these developments? In addition, we are going to examine specific cases that were labeled “fake news” and investigate what they have in common and how to spot them more easily. Lastly, we are going to discuss strategies on how counter disinformation and how to practice better media literacy in the classroom. We’re looking forward to tackling these issues with you!

Cover: (c) "jade colbert, varsity eic 2009-2010" (CC BY-NC 2.0) by dave pike.



Thurday, December 10, 2020

09.00 am
Welcome remarks

09.30 am
The U.S. Media System - An Introduction
Dr. Kathrin Voss

11.00 am   

11.30 am
„You are Fake News!" Digital Media, Public Spheres and Disinformation in the Age of Populism
Alexander Sängerlaub, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung

01.00 pm
Lunch Break

02.00 pm
Media Literacy in the Classroom - How to Empower Students
Prof. Renee Hobbs, University of Rhode Island

03.30 pm
Resources and Strategies

Anna Schönbach, Pädagogisches Landesinstitut Rheinland-Pfalz
Sarah Wagner, Atlantische Akademie Rheinland-Pfalz

04.00 pm
End of program day