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Newspaper editors to address 'fake news' at presentation

Newspaper editors to address 'fake news' at presentation

Event set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
Newspaper editors to address 'fake news' at presentation
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SCHENECTADY — A presentation about "fake news" and its implications will take place starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Schenectady County Public Library's main branch, at 99 Clinton St.

The discussion, featuring The Daily Gazette Editor Judith Patrick and Times Union Editor Rex Smith, will happen in the library's McChesney Room and is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Schenectady County.

"Fake news" is a term used widely today to describe fabricated stories or parts of stories done as hoaxes, propoganda, jokes or for other reasons, with those stories often spread widely on the internet and mistaken as truth by some news consumers.

Patrick has been editor of The Daily Gazette and senior vice president of content since 2013, having previously held various positions in management and reporting.

Smith has been editor of the Times Union since 2002, after two decades of reporting and editing.

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