LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication to Host Esteemed Digital Media & Journalism Authority Al Tompkins

UPDATE: This event has been postponed until a later date. 

February 22, 2018
Baton Rouge, LA
– LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication will host well-known digital media and journalism educator Al Tompkins for an insightful seminar on fake news—how to identify fake news, discern between credible and fake news sources, and how to protect yourself.

Tompkins is known for his long career as a reporter, investigator, news director and his nearly two decades as a faculty member at the Poynter Institute, a global leader in journalism.

“At the Manship School, we provide unparalleled opportunities for our students to learn directly from the most well-respected experts in their fields, and Al Tompkins is one of those people—it’s safe to say most everyone in the field of media knows of and respects Al,” Jerry Ceppos, dean of the Manship School, said. “We also think this is a great opportunity to provide a public service to our community, especially given the current media climate and the often difficult task of discerning between credible and fake news sources.”

Students, educators, local media, and interested community members are invited to participate in the lunchtime workshop, which features free pizza and drinks.

Fake News Seminar

What:  FREE Fake News Seminar: how to identify fake news, find credible news sources and protect yourself from misinformation. Free pizza and drinks are provided.

Who:   Seminar led by Al Tompkins, senior broadcast and online faculty member at the renowned Poynter Institute, a global leader in journalism

When: Monday, Feb. 26, 2018

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Where: Holliday Forum in the Journalism Building at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication


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About the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication: LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication aims to produce highly competent communicators with broad knowledge and training in the liberal arts and the media. The Manship School ranks among the strongest collegiate communication programs in the country. It offers undergraduate degrees in journalism, political journalism, digital advertising, and public relations, along with four graduate degree programs: master of mass communication, Ph.D. in media and public affairs, certificate of strategic communication, and dual MMC/law degree. The Manship School boasts four distinctive centers and labs:

  • The Media Effects Lab, a research and teaching facility dedicated to the exploration of how media consumers emotionally and cognitively process media content and formats.
  • The Social Media Analysis and Creation Lab, a tool focused on social media to track, analyze and create content and academic research, featuring cutting-edge moveable t-walls, a touch screen control table, and screen walls. 
  • The Public Policy Research Lab, a research center dedicated to high quality, state-of-the-art data collection and analytics, with a special emphasis on survey research.
  • The Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs, a tool used help solve practical problems and advance good government initiatives.


LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
Louisiana State University
Journalism Building
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803
(225) 578-1899