Past Meetup

Fighting Fake News

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What we'll do

Our next Hacks/Hackers ( 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 ( of Capital News Service (, a news organization run by our co-sponsor the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism ( The bureau is located on the Concourse Level of the Ronald Reagan Building (building map (

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


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 ( Previously, he was a writer at The Atlantic Wire and was a senior designer at Adobe for two years. Follow him on Twitter: @pbump (

MELISSA RYAN, Editor, Ctrl Alt Right Delete

Melissa Ryan is the Founder of Factual Democracy Project ( and the author of the Ctrl Alt Right Delete ( 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 ( or follow her on Twitter @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!