LSU’s Manship School Professor To Speak on Fake News

January 29, 2019

Baton Rouge, LA – LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication and Friends of the Louisiana Old State Capitol are jointly hosting, “Russia and Fake News: From Louisiana to the World” on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the Louisiana State Archives auditorium on Essen Lane.

Leonard Apcar, a former New York Times editor who holds LSU’s Wendell Gray Switzer Jr. Endowed Chair in Media Literacy at the Manship School will outline developments in fake news and social media including an obscure fake news report believed to have been orchestrated from Russia involving a chemical plant explosion in Louisiana. He will also offer tips on how to detect fake news.

“Fake news is a problem which is why we’re seeing social media outlets and the government trying to thwart it,” Apcar said. “I think that underscores the importance of people everywhere learning how to ensure that what they read is true.”

  • What: “Russia and Fake News: From Louisiana to the World”
  • Where: Louisiana State Archives, Wade O. Martin Jr. Auditorium, 3851 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
  • When: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. (Refreshments will be served)
  • Who: Len Apcar, a former New York Times editor, a Wall Street Journal special writer, and fellow at the Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs and Manship School Professional-in-Residence.

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LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication ranks among the strongest collegiate communication programs in the country, with its robust emphasis on media and public affairs. It offers undergraduate degrees in public relations, journalism, political communication, digital advertising and pre-law, 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. Its public relations students were recently ranked the #1 team in the nation, and its digital advertising and student media teams frequently earn national recognition.