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Are you getting the full story?

Join CBC Ottawa and the Ottawa Public Library at the National Arts Centre for a panel discussion on fake news and misinformation.

Join us on Nov. 6 for a panel discussion on fake news and misinformation

Fake news, misinformation, post-truth. These words are thrown around daily, but what does it all mean? How does it affect you and the information you consume online?

Join CBC Ottawa in partnership with the Ottawa Public Library and the National Arts Centre for a night of conversation, debate and analysis.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 6
Time: 7 to 8 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Location: Peter AHerrndorf Place at the National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin Street

CBC Ottawa News at 6 co-host Adrian Harewood will moderate a panel of media experts as they respond to the state of today's media and discuss how to ensure you're getting the full story.

Tickets are free and can be reserved here.

Ask the panel 

What is social media's role in fake news? How do you show both sides of the story? What are some tips to help decode misinformation when consuming news digitally? 

These are just some of the questions the panel will be discussing. If there is a question you would like to ask the panel, tweet it using #MediaLitWk and tag @CBCOttawa and it may be asked live at the event. 

Here's a look at our featured panellists:

Chris Carter
Senior Producer, Politics for CBC News
Chris Carter began his career at the Toronto Star as a website editor and also worked as assignment editor for the City department before moving to Ottawa in 2007. He spent four years in the Star's Parliamentary Bureau as an editor before joining the CBC in 2011, just in time to oversee online coverage of the 2011 federal election. Since then he has helped lead online coverage of two Ontario elections, three federal leadership conventions and the 2015 election. He currently oversees cbc.ca/politics and breaking news hits from the Ottawa bureau for CBC News Network and CBC Radio.

Christopher Dornan​
Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University
Christopher Dornan teaches in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University.  He was a principal writer of the Public Policy Forum's 2016 report on the state of the Canadian news media, Shattered Mirror: News, Democracy and Trust in the Digital Age, and the author of the 2017 reflection paper Dezinformatsiya: The past, present and future of 'fake news' for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. He is chair of the board of Reader's Digest Magazines (Canada).  

Robert Fife
Ottawa Bureau Chief, The Globe and Mail
Robert Fife is The Globe and Mail's Ottawa Bureau Chief.  He is the former Ottawa Bureau Chief of CTV National News and host of CTV's Question Period. Covering national politics since 1978, he began his career in the parliamentary bureau of NewsRadio and later United Press International (Canada). He worked as a senior political reporter for Canadian Press and spent a decade as Ottawa Bureau Chief and Political Columnist for the Sun Media chain, and had the same post for the National Post and CanWest News Service. Fife is also the author of several books: A Capital Scandal: Politics, Patronage and Payoff, Why Parliament Must Be Reformed and Kim Campbell: The Making of a Politician.

Kathryn Hill
Executive Director, MediaSmarts
Kathryn is the Executive Director of MediaSmarts, a national charity that has been committed to digital and media literacy for 24 years, with a focus on research and education. Kathryn has extensive experience as a senior leader in the voluntary sector; she has a Masters of Social Work (1992) from Carleton University, and a Master of Management Degree (2003) from McGill University. Her commitment to social justice has resulted in a career of over 25 years of service in the voluntary sector, serving in senior leadership roles at the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre, United Way Canada–Centraide Canada, HealthPartners Fund, Family Services Ottawa and its social enterprise, FSEAP Ottawa

Judy Trinh
Journalist, CBC Ottawa 

Judy Trinh is a veteran reporter with the CBC. She covers a diverse range of stories from breaking crime news to human rights issues. She aims to find the human element in all her stories.


This event is part of Media Literacy Week, happening Nov. 5 to 9, which focuses on the importance of digital and media literacy. This year's theme 'Fact or Fake: Help the World Stop Misinformation in its Tracks' highlights the importance of verifying that online information is true, unbiased and relevant.

For more information and resources on media literacy, visit the Ottawa Public Library's website.

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