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Getting It Straight: How to Fight Fake News

  • NYU Steinhardt, Media, Culture and Communication 239 Greene Street , 8th Floor (between West 4th Street and Washington Place) New York, NY, 10003 United States (map)

With the rise of digital communication, social media has become a major source for the consumption of news and current events. Yet with click-bait headlines, anonymous sources, and the loose use of the term "fake news," trust in the news media is in decline. Hear from journalists at BustleColumbia Journalism Review, Refinery29, and Politico discuss how their outlets are covering the news, how they decide what to cover, and their advice on how to wisely consume the news. RSVP

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Michael Calderone is the senior media reporter for Politico and writes the Morning Media newsletter. He previously covered the press and politics for Huffington Post, Yahoo, and The New York Observer, and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, PBS, and NPR.

Calderone is a member of the adjunct journalism faculty at New York University and lives in Brooklyn with his wife Miriam and son Noam.



Andrea González-Ramírez is a New York City-based journalist from Vega Alta, Puerto Rico. She covers U.S. News and Politics for Refinery29, a leading digital outlet for millennial women.

The stories she’s most passionate about are those showing the impact policy can have on someone’s everyday life. Some of her recent stories include a feature on Hurricane Maria's impact on the mental health of Puerto Ricans, a look into how making abortion illegal once again in the U.S. would affect women, and an original series about women of color running for office in 2018.

González-Ramírez’s work has also appeared in NPR’s Latino USA, El Diario Nueva York, Centro Voices, Diálogo, among others. In 2016, she launched Los Que Se Fueron, a collection of interviews exploring what it means to be a young Puerto Rican living stateside. González-Ramírez holds a Master of Journalism with a concentration on International Reporting from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, in 2014, with a degree in Journalism and Sociology.



Alexandra Svokos is the News Editor at Bustle, the premier digital destination for women. Here, Alexandra manages a team of writers, covering topics such as national news and politics. Previously, she served as Senior News Editor at Elite Daily, where she led the site's coverage on the 2016 election. 

Outside of Bustle, Alexandra writes about music, culture, and international relations, including coverage of opera and the migrant crisis where she reported straight from Italy. Her work has been published in The Daily Beast, Vox, Glamour, Playbill, and Opera News.



Kyle Pope is the voice of journalism. As Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review, which serves as both an advocate and watchdog of the press, Pope sits atop the most prestigious perch in media in what is now the most precarious moment in its history.

At a time when the president of the United States is attacking the press and many Americans describe a lack of trust in the their news outlets, Pope has emerged as a thoughtful, and often contrarian, voice about how the American press got to this point and what it can do to get out of it.

Before joining Columbia, Kyle Pope’s three decades of media experience range from a decade at The Wall Street Journal—including time as a foreign correspondent based in Europe—to Deputy Editor at Conde Nast, where he oversaw some of the most prominent writers in the country. He was Jared Kushner's first hire at The New York Observer, where he served as Editor in Chief.

Pope is frequently quoted in national publications about media issues, is a regular guest on television, and in the summer of 2017, was asked to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on threats to the press. A thought-provoking, engaging presence, Kyle Pope is in a unique and unmatched position to make sense of what has emerged as one of the most pressing political and social issues of our day.

Earlier Event: October 26
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Later Event: November 8
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