Reading Social Media: Fake News Event

Orland Park, IL – More people than ever are getting their news online. But how do you spot a fake story? Orland Park Public Library is hosting a special panel on Monday, July 31 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss how people can be more responsible news consumers and recognize whether a link leads to a credible news story or just click-bait.

Most people have seen a blatantly incorrect news story advertising a celebrity death that has not occurred, a scandal that does not exist, or a new cure to a disease that has not been scientifically proven. Consuming and sharing unreliable news can be dangerous when it is widely shared and acted upon, but libraries are here to help sort the facts from the fiction.

“Librarians, educators and newspapers are positioned to respond to this growing trend through unbiased collections, actual statistics, and fact checking,” said Diane Srebro, Assistant Head of Adult Services at Orland Park Public Library. “Experts will share practical tactics to instruct students of all ages in sorting through an overload of information.”

Panelists will be encouraging those attending the event to consider the source of their information, to read beyond the headlines, to check the author of the material they are reading, and to find supporting sources for information. Some fact checking websites that will be mentioned during the panel discussion include Politifact.com, Factcheck.org, and Snopes.com. Additionally, panelists will be encouraging those attending to always ask an expert when they are in doubt about a story’s authenticity.

Panelists include Editor Joe Biesk, of the Daily Southtown; School Media Librarian Amy Hamernick, of Orland Park District 135; Head Librarian Deirdre Rawls, of Robert Morris University; and Laura Lauzen-Collins PhD, of the psychology faculty at Moraine Valley Community College.

An interesting scientific study that complements this event is a Stanford University study released in November 2016 that discussed students’ inability to recognize inaccurate information sources. An executive summary of this study can be found here: https://sheg.stanford.edu/upload/V3LessonPlans/Executive%20Summary%2011.21.16.pdf

This study analyzed 7,804 student responses across 12 states and found that middle school students, high school students, and college students are unable to differentiate between opinion articles and credible news. Additionally, they have trouble recognizing that a source may be biased. Students even saw ads for articles as credible news when the words “Sponsored Content” were added to the ad.

For more information about the library, visit www.orlandparklibrary.org or call 708-428-5100. The Orland Park Public Library is located at 14921 Ravinia Avenue in Orland Park, Illinois. Hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Photographer Visits News Writing Class

Professional Photographer Ingrid Bonne was a guest speaker in English Professor Paul Gaszak’s ENG 114 class: News Writing on Tuesday, January 24 at the Chicago campus. Students had an opportunity to interview Ingrid about photography tips and her career before engaging in a photography activity.

The News Writing class not only got to learn helpful tips, but also got to interview Ingrid. Ingrid visited the class to explain what her career is like. Photography can be an important part in news writing. This is a chance to show a visualization of what the article is discussing. Having Ingrid in class gave the students an opportunity to learn from a professional and hear her tricks. She told the students, “If you learn what is unique to your couple/subject you take better pictures, but the real trick is lighting.”

Ingrid’s photography interest began when she got a new pet and began taking pictures of it constantly. Soon enough, friends asked her to photograph their pets and eventually she made it her career and quit her job as graphic designer. After realizing there wasn’t a market in pet photography, she decided to do wedding photography as a second shooting. What she loved about wedding photography was all the romance. She said she’s always been a romantic type of person who loves love and hearing couple’s unique stories of how they fell for each other. Now wedding photography is her career focus.

Ingrid says her photography style could be described as colorful, silly, and goofy. Her most important technique is the lighting. She either looks for the light or creates it because it is definitively a fundamental. When editing pictures, she tries to avoid using a lot of filters so that the images look sort of timeless and they don’t look antique as the years pass by. Usually she adds contrast, adds saturation, and makes the whites look whiter and the blacks look darker. Basically, whatever is better to make the image look at its best. The editing process usually takes her an average of 8 hours a day she must deliver her work 4-6 weeks after shooting under contract. As for how many pictures she shoots per wedding, it depends on how long she is hired for. Usually, she is able to shoot about 1,000 pictures per hour plus the ones that the one or two other partner photographers shoot. To make the images more interesting Ingrid aims to find cool, distinctive places that she could shoot pictures at. Her favorite spot is an empty street on Grand and Milwaukee where there is great graffiti, since it’s very urban and different than most places. She likes to take couples there to shoot pictures that are adventurous enough.

When asked to describe her style, Bonne said “fun, vibrant, silly, carefree, wacky, colorful, and romantic.”

Ingrid makes a point to make each couple feel like a friend. To her, this is one of the most important factors when photographing a wedding. She’ll have drinks and food with her clients to make them comfortable and get to know them. As a photographer she is capturing a moment in time and making it timeless. Ingrid Bonne’s favorite wedding day shot is the speeches and toasts. These shots are the most organic, because the couple is actually reacting to their guests. These are the most authentic moments. “Weddings are such an intimate thing. I am quite a hopeless romantic and when it comes to love I bought it” Bonne expressed to the class.

Ingrid likes to be a part of the most important day in people’s lives, but she wants to see her family more. Ingrid really seems to love her job and falls in love with each relationship. She took this hobby and built it into a lifestyle that she gets to enjoy every day.

Ingrid said that if you truly believe in yourself, you can do anything and with that she is now shooting around 25 weddings a year. She still finds it difficult to run her own business. During the interview she revealed what her favorite and least favorites parts are to owning a business. Her favorite part is getting to make her own hours. She likes how she can take off when she wants and work strange hours. Her least favorite part is the business side. She loves photography, but having to do the finances and marketing gets hard.

After the class interviewed Ingrid, they were then told to write words on the whiteboard that were abstract ideas. Then Ingrid went on to pick a few words that she thought would work for the assignment which was to go off campus and take pictures that describe the word that each student chose, examples of words were “adventure” and “hope”. Students were then told to post their pictures to the classes Google community so that they could discuss once they all came back to campus.

If anyone is interested in talking to Ingrid Bonne, you can contact her through email at ingrid@ingridbonnephotography.com, by phone number at 773.991.2400, her website http://www.ingridbonnephotography.com, or her facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ingridbonnephotography.