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Panel Discussion: News and the Role of Digital Media
The term “Fake News” is used daily in media referring to unreliable news, untrustworthy reporting or simply to discredit sources of information and is thus undermining trust in media. Alexander Sängerlaub, Project Director of Misinformation in Digital Media (Stiftung Neue Verantwortung) will shed light onto the question: What exactly are “Fake News”? Exploring the terminology in a transnational framework, a panel of invited guests from both Germany and the U.S. will discuss how we can reduce the growth of echo chambers, refocus on a consensus on truth, and mitigate the rapid spread of misinformation. Alexander Sängerlaub: Alexander Sängerlaub leads the Measuring Fake News project using an interdisciplinary approach. One of the major aims of the project is to - together with experts from US election campaigns - understand and explain scope and effects of fake news. In 2014, the publicist founded the political magazine Kater Demos. The magazine devotes itself to pressing social questions accroding to „Constructive Journalism“. He worked as a research associate at the Freie Universität Berlin, as well as at the University of Hamburg, and continues to teache in the field of political communication. Furthermore, he worked as consultant for corporate and political communication during both federal and European elections at Blumberry in Berlin. Alexander Sängerlaub studied Journalism & Communication Science and Psychology, as well as „Media and Political Communication“ at the Freie Universität Berlin. He worked as student assistant in the department of Empirical Communication Science.

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Are you interested in Germany and German culture? Are you looking for an opportunity to improve your German language skills? Do you enjoy German films? Then this is your group!

The Goethe-Institut frequently presents German films: In our movie series "Friday Films @ Goethe", the Goethe-Institut will present popular German films every third Friday of the month at the ART-Lounge (530 Bush Street, entrance on street level), FREE ADMISSION.

The Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, America’s largest festival of contemporary German cinema, is an annual tradition for San Francisco, and has been a gateway for the American public to experience the diversity, history and progress of German-speaking countries. It has welcomed to the San Francisco screen and stage many celebrated international film talents and is accompanied by additional showcases and special previews. Be sure to reserve your ticket. Further Information: (

All films are shown with English subtitles.

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