Dalton State to Host Panel Discussions on News Credibility


Navigating through the noise of so much news and learning how best to separate truth from fiction will be the focus of two panel discussions hosted by Dalton State College and featuring members of Dalton State faculty.

The non-partisan exploration comes just weeks before important state and national elections (early voting has already started) and is intended to equip citizens with tools to help them discern real from fake news and to determine the reliability of news available through mainstream news media as well as on the internet and social media sites.

The programs will be Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Mack Gaston Community Center and Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. on campus at Dalton State in room 107 of the Health Professions (formerly technical education) building.

The concept for the timely program originated with Jeff Streiff, a retired local educator, who has special interest in what he calls “our civic and spiritual responsibility to investigate truth independently.” He will serve as the program’s moderator.

Each panel will consist of six Dalton State faculty members from among the following: Aimee Cribbs, student teacher supervisor for the School of Education; Amy Burger, librarian; Annabelle McKie-Voerste, assistant professor of biology; Dr. Gene Mesco, associate professor of biology; Dr. Seth Weitz, associate professor of history; Dr. Ken Ellinger, professor of political science; Amy Mendes, lecturer in communication; and Matt Hipps, associate professor of political science.