The Truth About Fake News

Posted March 25, 2021 | By ale_bellot

Digital Education Programming Presented by the
Center for Health & Wellbeing

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Due to the new digital age we live in today, we have access to more information than at any other time in history. But what can we believe? When we have tablets, smartphones and other technology with web-browsing capabilities at our fingertips, it can be easy to accept and count on what we hear, read or see as truth. However, misinformation can be detrimental to our health and the wellbeing of ourselves and to our relationships with others. In this program, Rollins College Communication Professor Dr. David Painter discusses the truth about fake news: what it is, where it originated, how it spreads and its effects on our society.

By watching this program, you can expect to learn:

  • how fake news is defined;
  • the causes and effects of fake news consummation;
  • and ways to avoid fake news.

This program is presented by Dr. David Painter and is hosted by the Winter Park Health Foundation.

About the Program Presenter
After a 20-year career as a political communication consultant, David Lynn Painter accepted a doctoral fellowship in Political Communication to earn his Ph.D. at the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications in 2011. Currently a communication professor at Rollins College, Dr. Painter has authored more than 15 academic publications, and had more than 25 manuscripts competitively selected for national and international conference presentations over the past decade. His research agenda focuses on political communication while his teaching expertise centers on collaborations between his communication classes and local nonprofits. Specifically, Dr. Painter has partnered more than 300 students with dozens of central Florida nonprofits allowing the organizations to better achieve their missions and the students to practice their professional communication skills.