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Collaborative Grant "Noise vs News" Awarded to IVCC's Jacobs Library and La Salle Library

Illinois Valley Community College’s Jacobs Library and La Salle Public Library received a collaborative grant from Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) for their project “Noise vs. News” and will present a free adult series focused on the First Amendment, fake news, the importance of a free press and of an informed citizenry.

The project will bring together scholars, journalists and the public in an exploration of issues related to establishing truth in news. The sessions are offered from 6 to 7 p.m. on consecutive Thursdays in April.

IVCC instructor Amanda Cook Fesperman will present Thursday, April 6 in CTC124-125 at IVCC.

Bill Cassidy of Northern Illinois University will present “Online Journalism and the Proliferation of Fake News,” Thursday, April 13 at La Salle Library.

Stephanie Craft from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will present “The Allure of Fake News: Journalism, Ethics and Critical Thinking in the Age of Misinformation,” Thursday, April 20 at La Salle Library.

Cook Fesperman will moderate a panel discussion of news media representatives featuring Jenna Dooley, host of WNIJ’s “All Things Considered,” Jeff Dankert from the NewsTribune and David Giuliani from The Times Thursday, April 27 in CTC124-125 at IVCC.

For information, call Jacobs Library at (815) 224-0306 or LaSalle Library at (815) 223-2341.