Fact or Fiction: Making Sense of Mass Media and the Information We Consume
Have you ever received a link on WhatsApp or read an article on Facebook and shared it without knowing if it was actually true? We receive information and news through a variety of media, but how do you know if it is true or not? This session will shed light on what it means to be media literate and explain why this is more important than ever. Panelists will share practical tools to help us learn how to separate fact from fiction and become more discerning media consumers.
Dr. Seema Yasmin is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, medical doctor, and former CDC disease detective. She is the director of the Stanford Health Communication Initiative, a medical analyst for CNN, science correspondent for Conde Nast Entertainment, and author of four books, including: Viral BS: Medical Myths and Why We Fall for Them.
Alia Dharssi is a sustainability consultant and journalist. Her writing on sustainability, global development, human rights, and immigration has been published by a variety of media outlets ranging from the New York Times to The Discourse. She is also Deputy Editor of Asparagus, a magazine that tells the small and large stories of living sustainability, and Editor-in-Chief of The Ismaili Canada. She has previously delivered workshops on misinformation with journalists for Human Rights.
Zain Velji is partner and VP Strategy for Northweather. He is a public speaker and regular political commentator, appearing weekly on CBC radio and television, as well as co-hosting the 2019 federal election for CTV. Zain chairs the Board of The Canadian Children’s Book Centre, serves on the Board of the YMCA Calgary, and he is part of the Education and Lifelong Learning committee of the Calgary Foundation. He is also the city co-chair of the Banff. He served as campaign manager for Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi in 2017 and worked on US Senator Elizabeth Warren and US President Barack Obama’s campaigns. Zain is the host of the award-winning podcast: The Strategists, where he dissects political strategy and public affairs issues of the day. He has been published by The Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, and The National Post, and he was named one of Calgary’s Top 40 under 40 by Avenue. Zain was also awarded the Horizon Alumni Award by the University of Alberta.