Sunday Speaker – Jospeh Jaafari: Battling Disinformation Within Your Social Circles

Learn how to spot disinformation among your own sources, engage with family and friends who spread disinformation, and tips to escaping the echo chamber in proactive ways.

Sunday Speaker Topic:
Battling Disinformation Within Your Social Circles

Going into the 2024 election year, it’s easy to see parallels to 2016: more people are relying on alternative news sources for information, distrust among national news outlets continues to soar, reliance on experts is met with suspicion, and the cult of personality is often over utilized.

As a result, misinformation around a variety of issues has spread online: from LGBTQ+ rights to voting problems. And with more websites claiming to be a “go-to source” for information, how can you actually tell what is real and what is fake? And how do we stop repeating our mistakes from the past?

In this session, we’ll go over some basic tools on how to identify bad-faith “news” sites, and what to do when you see friends and family use similar sites or talking points, advanced listening skills, and tips for escaping an echo chamber.

This session will also act as an open forum to discuss ways we as a community can combat misinformation within our own communities, in the hopes that audience members can also walk away with more personalized tools in fighting back against propaganda.

Joseph Darius Jaafari is an investigative reporter and editor based out of Phoenix, Arizona. He received his undergraduate degree in film from York College in Queens, New York as well as a graduate degree in urban reporting and documentary filmmaking from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Since 2018, Jaafari has worked as an investigative reporter for The Marshall Project, PA Post, Spotlight PA and The Arizona Republic covering prisons, jails, and police. Before that, Jaafari freelanced for the New York Times, was a producer at VICE News, and wrote narratives on policing for Rolling Stone Magazine. His work on that beat has earned him recognition from the Keystone Awards, Best of the West and he was a finalist for both the Silver Gavel Award and the Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Journalism.

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February 25th, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
MESA, AZ 85201-4009
United States