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The Perils of Misinformation in Public Opinion, Politics and Policy

  • November 14, 2023
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • 933


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Join us for an engaging and informative webinar on the critical issue of misinformation, featuring a panel of distinguished experts in the field of health, politics, and media. This event is designed for survey research professionals seeking to deepen their understanding of the ever-evolving challenges posed by misinformation in the digital age.


Meg Heckman

Meg Heckman is an associate professor at Northeastern University’s School of Journalism and Media Innovation where she works to solve two of journalism’s biggest problems: a lack of gender equity in news and the decline of the local information ecosystem.  Before coming to Northeastern in 2017, Heckman was a journalism lecturer at the University of New Hampshire where she served as a faculty fellow at the Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center. She spent more than a decade as a reporter and, later, the digital editor at the Concord (NH) Monitor, where she developed a fascination with presidential politics, a passion for local news and an appreciation for cars with four-wheel drive. Heckman has been an active member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) for the last decade, serving as the 2021-2022 head of its Commission on the Status of Women. She is also a past president of the New Hampshire Press Association and has served twice as a Pulitzer juror.   


Ashley Kirzinger, Ph.D. is director of survey methodology and associate director of the Public Opinion and Survey Research Program at KFF (formerly Kaiser Family Foundation), where she helps direct the organization’s polling work and is responsible for overseeing and managing the survey research process within the organization. KFF has long focused on providing reliable, accurate, and non-partisan information to help inform health policy in the U.S. and recently launched the KFF Health Misinformation Tracking Poll to help the prevalence of health-related misinformation in the United States, with a special focus on communities that are most adversely affected by health misinformation.

Ashley is former Standards Chair of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), former chair of the AAPOR Transparency Initiative, and currently serves on the Pacific Chapter of AAPOR. She recently moved to Maine with her wife and dogs. She is anxiously awaiting her first Northeast winter.

James Fahey, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Florida. His research focuses on the study of political behavior, with a focus on the effects of populism, nativism and misinformation on democracy in the United States and Western Europe. In particular, he examines why individuals come to hold illiberal and anti-democratic beliefs, and how these beliefs might be experimentally reduced. His work has been published in the Journal of Experimental Political Science, Electoral Studies, American Politics Research, and more. 

Paul Mihailidis is a professor of civic media and journalism and Special Advisor to the Provost at Emerson College in Boston, MA. He is founding program director of the MA in Media Design, Senior Fellow of the Emerson Engagement Lab, and faculty chair and director of the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change. Dr. Mihailidis has published 8 books and over 80 articles and book chapters on the intersection of media literacy, civic media and engagement in digital culture. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Scientific American, Slate Magazine, the Nieman Foundation, USA Today, NBC, Newsweek, and CNN. He has brought over 1.3 million dollars in grants and awards to Emerson. Mihailidis holds a Ph.D. from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park, an MPhil from Stirling University, and a BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


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