Big Sky Roundup

Group presents expert on how to combat election misinformation

By: - October 27, 2023 3:57 pm

Lee Banville, University of Montana

University of Montana Journalism Professor Lee Banville will present a program on how to identify and debunk bad election information.

“Preparing for the Flood: Misinformation in 2024” will be presented by the Helena League of Women Voters’ program at 6:30 p.m., Nov. 6.

He will be presenting in-person at the Lewis & Clark Library, and the program will be available by Zoom.

“Whether it is on social media, your television or in your mailbox, Montanans are about to be deluged with claims and counterclaims about candidates for office and issues. I hope this talk and others the League is planning this coming year will help voters be able to be skeptical, but also open to new information,” says Banville. “This is about election readiness, about getting equipped to be informed but not paranoid, skeptical but not jaded.”

During the talk, participants will learn how to respectfully contribute accurate information to a conversation — whether on Twitter or at your Thanksgiving dinner table.

“It is easy to often see misinformation as a problem of other people. They are sharing bad information and that is why we don’t agree on a candidate or an issue. That is not what this is about. This talk and this effort are about having enough intellectual curiosity and humility to admit I may not know everything, and I can continue to learn new information.”

This program is co-sponsored by the Lewis & Clark Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch.

 Please register with this link for in-person or Zoom webinar, and an invitation will be emailed to you.

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