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Media fact checking forum planned at URI, March 30

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 14, 2005 -- University of Rhode Island instructors of information literacy will sponsor “Is That a Fact? Fact Checking in the Media” on March 30 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Room 271 of the Chafee Social Sciences Building on the Kingston campus.

The forum, which is free and open to the public, will explore the procedures and policies that news professionals follow when confirming facts surrounding stories that are presented on television, in print, and on the web.

Panelists are Scott Allen, news editor,; Betty-Jo Cugini, vice president of news, WJAR, NBC-10; Brian C. Jones, contributing writer, The Providence Phoenix; and Sheila Lennon, features and interactive producer,, the website of The Providence Journal.

The professionals will talk about the critical thinking that goes beyond checking the accuracy of sources.

Such discussions are an integral part of URI’s “LIB 120 :Introduction to Information Literacy” class because they highlight how essential critical thinking is given the amount of information today and the ease with which it can be manipulated.

For more information, contact Jim Kinnie, University Libraries, 874-9240 or