Journalist Dan Close to Offer Insights into Fake News

Dan Close

Dan Close is an associate professor in the Elliott School of Communication at Wichita State. He has taught many forms of journalism for 30 years and presented at conferences nationwide. Close was a reporter and editor at The Wichita Eagle and other newspapers for a dozen years. He is the winner of national and regional awards for writing and reporting. Close covered multiple homicides, F-5 tornadoes, race riots, union strikes, plane crashes, ice storms, flooding, the homeless, the elderly, and the mentally ill. He has interviewed four presidents and many music celebrities. He has been editorial consultant or editor for three books, including Bind, Torture, Kill: The Inside Story of the Serial Killer Next Door [HarperCollins, 2007].

At the 2019 KAC convention in Wichita, Close will offer a seminar on The Future of Fake News.

“Fake news is not new, folks,” he says. “It’s been around as long as politicians and the media have sparred, and as long as the public has been gullible enough to be fooled by sensational stories. We will take a brief look at its ugly past, how it affects us presently — and more importantly, where Fake News is headed. You won’t believe some of the things that are being predicted. Hint: Technology will not be our friend when it comes to discerning the difference between truth and alternative realities. Will include handouts, and possibly a quick game, to help you figure out what’s real. How is this going to affect your writing? We will kick that around, too.”

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