With all the talk about “fake news” and new questions arising about what to trust — we’re setting the record straight.
Understand how the news media works. What is mainstream media anyway? Who writes and produces it? What goes into it? Who is breaking news? Where do they get that info?
Understand what news gathering is, who breaks news and what that means. How to tell if a news source is legitimate. And how to tell if a news source is not ethical.
We’re pulling back the curtain on how the news business works. We’re showing you how news is gathered, what’s at stake with every story, and how to stay informed (without getting fooled by fake news or propaganda).
The freedom of the press is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution for a reason — we’ll explain why and show students how they too can be best informed and fight against fake news and unethical sources of misinformation.
Gain a better understanding of the media landscape in 2017. We’ll reveal what are ethical, vetted sources of information, and why the freedom of the press is vital to democracy.
(This overview is a preview to a longer course series being taught at General Assembly April 24 – June 5).
Lori Kozlowski, Journalist, Editor, Media Exec
Lori is a journalist, editor, producer, and media executive, exploring storytelling in all of its forms. She produced the virtual reality documentary series Project Empathy. Previously, she served as Editorial Director at entertainment company Atom Factory, leading the company’s media division. She also co-founded Smashd, a publication about culture, music, and tech. She was formerly a digital editor and columnist for Forbes, writing about entrepreneurs, startups, and technology. Prior to Forbes, she served as a senior editor at the Los Angeles Times for five years, where she headed mobile technology, digital strategy, and emerging platforms for the media company. She has worked with MIT Media Lab startups on the merger of tech and story, and has served as adjunct faculty at Chapman University and USC. Her work has appeared in numerous national publications including Entrepreneur Magazine, Variety, among many others.
Aunny (De La Rosa) Bathe
Founder + CEO
DLR Public Relations
Aunny is a PR professional with over 15 years experience working with the media on behalf of her roster of tech and consumer clients. Aunny joined a digital marketing agency right out of college at the height of the tech boom where she cut her teeth building communications programs for enterprise software companies and large consumer brands like Virgin and Kodak. Since then, she has experienced all sides of the table working at PR agencies, managing corporate communications in-house, and consulting both small companies and established brands at every stage of business. Some of her current and past clients include, Yelp, deviantART, Project Empathy, Science 37, Talenthouse, Fluence, the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, and Birdwell Beach Britches.