More about Jon
Senior correspondent at PolitiFact
Panelist at the Main Stage
Topic: Fake News
How are the warriors against fake news debunking misleading information when we are so blind to see the truth? Social media platforms have a great power to influence public opinion. Yet, they are being misused to undermine democracy and spread extremist views. What are the challenges and opportunities for data-based journalism in the age of fake news? If you believe quality journalism still does matter, save the date: November 21st!
Jon’s investigative work has twice received national recognition by the Society of Professional Journalists and he has degrees from Johns Hopkins University, Syracuse University and Harvard University. Currently, he is a a senior correspondent with PolitiFact, a Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking news service.
In a partnership with Facebook, PolitiFact flags hundreds of fake claims each month. Recently they expanded into media literacy field. Backed by Google, they have trained over 14,000 middle and high school students to spot infotrash as it moves through social media. Online, it has reached over 5 million views on Instagram and YouTube.