What is fake news and how can you tell if it is?
That’s the focus of “Sifting Fact from Fiction: Journalism in the Social Media Era,” a panel discussion Saturday at Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave.
The free event will run 10 a.m. to noon in the lecture room downstairs. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m.
Panelists will include Brian Bowe, assistant professor of journalism at Western Washington University; John Mangalonzo, senior editor at The Bellingham Herald; and Ralph Schwartz, citizen blogger and former reporter for The Bellingham Herald and the Skagit Valley Herald.
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The event is being put on by the League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County, which wants those attending to learn what fake news is and have a sense of the harm caused by false information.