SNF Agora Training: Facts or Fakes?

A hands-on workshop on navigating the news in an age of disinformation with former New York Times reporter Scott Shane

This event is free, but registration is required.

12:30–2:30 p.m.

Did Obama really shake hands with the president of Iran? Did Trump’s lawyer plot with Russian spies to hack the Democrats? Are Fox and MSNBC reporting from different planets? As the 2020 presidential race heats up, we’ll test our skills at separating truth from fabrication, using real images and video clips, and work together on ways to make things better. With pizza!

Scott Shane was a reporter in the Washington bureau of The New York Times from 2004 to 2019, covering national security and other subjects. He won Pulitzer Prizes in 2017 and 2018 with Times colleagues for coverage of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and other issues. His latest book, Objective Troy: A Terrorist, A President and the Rise of the Drone, tells the story of the American-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, killed in a drone strike in Yemen in 2011 at the orders of President Obama. He has written on interrogation and torture, the CIA and targeted killing, WikiLeaks and secrecy, the National Security Agency, and many other topics. He is a former Moscow correspondent for The Baltimore Sun and his first book, Dismantling Utopia, is a firsthand account of the Soviet collapse.