James McGrath Morris
Journalist and author James McGrath Morris will be the guest speaker at the monthly Voices of Los Alamos progressive advocacy meeting.
Morris will speak on “Journalism Ethics and the War over Fake News: A Guide for Citizens Wanting to be Media Literate,” at this free event that is open to all at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage St.
“Media literacy is not a matter of ideology, but is rather a skill,” Morris said. “The recent and far-reaching changes in journalism, however, require more from citizens who want to remain engaged in civic life.”
The evening presentation will focus on the development of the mass media, look at how fake news has been part of the media for more than a century, discus the ethics of journalism, and provide insights on ways to evaluate news.
“There are plenty of simple and easy ways citizens can remain in touch with events today despite the worry about so-called ‘fake news,’” Morris said.
Morris has written extensively for newspapers and magazines, as well as some academic journals. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Morris spent a decade as a journalist, a decade working in the book and magazine business, and a decade as a high school teacher.
He is an author of biographies and narrative nonfiction, much of which focuses on journalism. Aside from his new work on Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos, his books include the New York Times Bestselling Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, The First Lady of the Black Press, which was awarded the Benjamin Hooks National Book Prize; Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power; The Rose Man of Sing Sing: A True Tale of Life, Murder, and Redemption in the Age of Yellow Journalism; and, Jailhouse Journalism: The Four Estate Behind Bars.