A Knoxville journalist will discuss misinformation and disinformation during Lunch with the League in Oak Ridge on September 21.
Jesse Mayshark is co-owner, editor, and publisher of the Compass, a news website covering Knoxville and Knox County government, politics, and business.
The topic of the September 21 talk is misinformation, disinformation, and the differences between the two; their causes; and impact on political processes, including redistricting, a press release said.
It said Mayshark has a variety of experiences as a journalist, having served as editor of Knoxville’s former weekly, Metro Pulse; as a copy editor and freelance music writer for The New York Times; as a reporter for the Knoxville News Sentinel and the Mountain Press in Sevier County; and as a regular contributor to the music magazine, No Depression.
In 2011, Mayshark went to work in communications for Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, serving as senior director of communications and government relations, and he was a member of Rogero’s Cabinet.
“It is through this diverse lens that Mr. Mayshark can bring a well-rounded perspective to the discussion of mis/dis-information and its impact on our political processes,” the press release said. “Through his work at the Compass, Mr. Mayshark makes it a priority to find and clarify facts about issues and brings them to his readers in a timely way.”
The discussion is relevant, the press release said, because being able to discern fact from fiction in information
sources is becoming not only more important, but sometimes more difficult.
Lunch with the League is Tuesday, September 21, in the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church on Oak Ridge Turnpike. The meeting starts at noon. Lunch with the League is organized by the League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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