Arao talks about Fake News in Professorial Chairholder Lecture

John Joseph Leus, Rochelle Manzano, News, Communication Management Office

The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, College of Communication and College of Arts and Letters (CAL) held its Professorial Chairholder Lecture Series in Journalism with the theme “Political Economy of Fake News” at Bulwagang Bonifacio on February 28, 2018 with Dr. Danilo Arao, an Associate Professor of Journalism at University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, as the guest speaker.

The lecture series on fake news was conducted to give the audience a general view on misinformation and disinformation and how to counter it.

During his discussion, Dr. Arao said, “It (Fake news) pretends to be a journalistic output that’s why we have a certain journalism professor right now talking about fake news because it’s basically trying to appropriate a journalistic output to spread lies”. He mentioned that fake news is a “critical issue but sometimes compromises critical thinking”.

The speaker also talked about the role of journalists – not just to report the line, but to ‘expose it as a line to the public.’ The responsibility, he means is to uncover the lines from restrictions, and reveal the truth.   

The event was graced by Prof. Hemmady Mora, Chairperson of Department of Journalism; Dr. Ronald Henson, Senior Faculty Member of College of Communication; and other faculty members of COC and CAL.


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