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Fake News – no more? Disinformation and Fact-Checking in US Media

Dear friends and supporters of AmerikaHaus NRW e.V.,

in cooperation with this year’s Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program for Young Professionals run by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) we cordially invite you to a virtual discussion on 

Fake News – no more?
Disinformation and Fact-Checking in US Media

Tuesday, 14th of April 2021
7 pm CET
via ZOOM

Angie Drobnic Holan
is Editor-in-chief of PolitiFact and was a reporter on the PolitiFact team that won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting

Prof. Dr. Curd Knüpfer
is an assistant professor of political science with a focus on political communication and the US media system at the Freie Universität Berlin's John F. Kennedy Institute; and an associated researcher at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society

The spread of disinformation has increased significantly over the past years, and so have its countermeasures: among them fact-checking. While the phenomenon of disinformation is often linked to specific events or media formats, it is a long-term development, with underlying structural forces that have shaped the US media system for years: resulting in an increasing segmentation of audiences, a fragmentation of the media landscape, and today’s highly polarized US society. While all of this poses a severe challenge to traditional journalism, “fact-checking” has emerged as an effective weapon to counter disinformation. Together with our experts, we will discuss this development from a journalistic and an academic perspective – with a focus on the US, but through a transatlantic lens.


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