Past Meetup

Fighting Fake News

This Meetup is past

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What we'll do

Our next Hacks/Hackers (https://www.meetup.com/Hacks-Hackers-DC/) meetup will focus on technological and editorial efforts to track and combat the rising tide of fake news stories circulating on the web.

We will meet at the Washington bureau (https://merrill.umd.edu/about-merrill/capital-news-service/cns_bureaus/#washington) of Capital News Service (http://cnsmaryland.org/), a news organization run by our co-sponsor the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism (https://merrill.umd.edu/). The bureau is located on the Concourse Level of the Ronald Reagan Building (building map (https://merrill.umd.edu/about-merrill/capital-news-service/cns_bureaus/#washington)).

After the panel discussion, join the community for networking and drinks.

PANELISTS' BIOS

PHILIP BUMP, National Correspondent, The Washington Post

Based in NYC, Philip Bump is a national correspondent for The Washington Post. He recently created a Chrome plugin that fact-checks Trump's tweets (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/12/16/now-you-can-fact-check-trumps-tweets-in-the-tweets-themselves/?utm_term=.f5c79923053a). Previously, he was a writer at The Atlantic Wire and was a senior designer at Adobe for two years. Follow him on Twitter: @pbump (https://twitter.com/pbump)

MELISSA RYAN, Editor, Ctrl Alt Right Delete

Melissa Ryan is the Founder of Factual Democracy Project (http://factualdemocracy.com/) and the author of the Ctrl Alt Right Delete (https://ctrlaltrightdelete.com/) weekly newsletter. She’s spent a decade leading digital campaigns for nonprofits and political races, including EMILY’s List, Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, the New Organizing Institute, and Senator Russ Feingold.

Visit her website at melissaryan.net (http://melissaryan.net/) or follow her on Twitter @MelissaRyan (http://twitter.com/melissaryan).

JOSH STRUPP, Marketing Coordinator, ISL

Josh is currently the marketing coordinator for DC-based full service digital agency ISL. Before this, he spent three years building a student-based media company known today as The Rival. As COO, he was responsible for managing a network of 300+ student writers and editors across 20 universities. During his tenure at ISL, he was staffed as the project manager for "Fake News: The Game!" – an arcade and iOS experience aimed at gamifying and educating users about the fake news phenomenon. He's a lover of all things tech, media, and cartoons and he's excited to be here!