There’s a lot of talk about truth in the news these days: What’s real? What’s “fake news”? Who decides?
Are you one of those who just knows it when you see it? Honestly, I kinda am, as well. But I’ve had more than 30 years of reporting, editing and immersing myself in the news media, so my lie detector is always on, if not always 100 percent accurate. For people just trying to learn what’s what in their community or places that matter to them, I realize that the internet has complicated things.
North Country Community College is hosting a virtual discussion about these issues on March 23. That’s a Tuesday, and it’s at 7:30 p.m. If you’re interested in what’s broadly called “news literacy,” or if you’re specifically interested in the newsgathering practices of outlets here in the Adirondacks, that’s what we’ll be discussing. I’ll join our friends at the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, the Lake Placid News and North Country Public Radio to discuss our practices and insights. Teen panelists from Tri-Lakes schools will discuss where they get their news, and how they determine whether they can trust it. It should be an interesting evening. You can register for it here.
Speaking of trust, it’s something we’ve been trying to build through transparency at the Explorer. Sometimes that means we’ll explain how or why we did a story — whether in our magazine, on our website or here in this newsletter. We also hope to share information about who we are and why we do this work. Toward that end, my colleague Mike Lynch has written something about his work. Check it out on our website.
Another chance to get to know us and our work happens after each magazine issue’s publication. We’re calling them “Coffee and Conversation” gatherings, though it’s definitely brew-your-own because, like so much of life during the pandemic, it happens online. Our next chat, in which our staff will discuss stories in the March-April magazine, happens at 10 a.m. on March 31. You can register for that one here. Sign up and let us know if you have any thoughts or questions about our work.
Photo of Adirondack Explorer Mike Lynch by Gwendolyn Craig/Explorer
Editor’s note: This first appeared in Brandon’s weekly “Explore More” newsletter. Click here to sign up.