The wave of 'fake news' that flooded Facebook and other social media during this year's election campaign was a wakeup call. Big changes have overtaken the way we get news in the United States, and how it is produced. These changes have given us the opportunity to be better informed. They also require us to be more careful consumers, so we can recognize distortion, propaganda and outright lies.
Join a nonpartisan discussion with White House press veteran Randall Mikkelsen, a managing editor at Thomson Reuters, on how to understand the social-media driven news landscape and how to tell the real from the fake.
Randall Mikkelsen has worked as a financial and political journalist with Thomson Reuters since he joined Reuters in 1988. He has covered many of the major stories of the era, including the fall of the Soviet Union, the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, the war on terrorism and the financial crisis. Randall was a front-row member of the White House press corps for nearly seven years. He also covered the Justice Department, CIA and other agencies in Washington and served postings in Philadelphia and Stockholm, Sweden. As a desk editor in Washington he handled major stories from around the globe. He has won awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and the North Dakota Newspaper Association. Randall has lived in Plaistow since 2009. He founded the Friends of Education at Timberlane page on Facebook and writes press releases as a volunteer for the Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth.
This informative event is free and open to the public and will take place on Monday, January 23rd, starting at 6:30pm. Registration is required. We are expecting a strong showing for this event so please register as soon as possible and reserve this date in your calendar of activities.
JACK FROST JAMBOREE TEEN VOLUNTEERS: Calling all Atkinson teenagers in need of community service hours! Please register in advance for an opportunity to work on Saturday, January 21st, from 10-3. Your tasks will include set-up, clean-up, assisting or running games, and/or prize distribution at our Jack Frost Jamboree. You need to sign up on the website calendar and talk to Kathy Watson. You may email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the library at 603 362-5234. Leave a message if she is not available.
Hours are 10am-3pm or negotiable. A few Friday evening hours (January 20th) are also possible.
NEEDLE CRAFTERS UNITE: Whether you enjoy knitting, crocheting, embroidery, quilting or another form of needle work, come join the fun as we work together. Please bring your own supplies. This in an informal gathering to finish those projects started or perhaps get some ideas for beginning some new ones. We’ll cozy up in the Atkinson Room of the library, share some laughs, drop a stitch or two, and make some new friends.
All experience levels and ages welcome. You do not need to be an Atkinson resident – All are invited! Register for this weekly event (Wednesdays at 10:15am) so you will receive a friendly reminder and we will know how many will be attending.
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