Florida Pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists holds ‘fake news’ game show on Boca campus

The event was the last in the university’s celebration of national Constitution Day.

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Celeste Andrews collects a trivia answer from one of the “fake news” game participants. Alexander Rodriguez | Photo Editor

Alexander Rodriguez, Photo Editor

Close to 40 students participated in a “fake news” game show Wednesday afternoon hosted by the Florida Pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists at the Burrow Bar & Grill.

Held on the Boca campus, the game show consisted of two rounds where student teams had to decide which news stories’ headlines from around the country were real or fake.

“This game helps you open your eyes because fake news circulates around Facebook and most people are gullible to believe it,” junior multimedia journalism major Madison Land said.

Students had to decide if headlines like “FBI director James Comey admits under oath that he hates the Patriots” were real or fake. Alexander Rodriguez | Photo Editor

University Press alumnae and past SPJ Florida Pro chapter President Dori Zinn and chapter Vice President of Programming Emily Bloch organized the event.

“It was a great turnout and I was excited about that,” Zinn said. “This is our second time hosting this kind of event but the first time that included students on campus.”

Eleven teams made up of students in groups of two or four participated.

“I believe this is important to know nowadays,” sophomore political science major Samantha Maciel said. “This is a real thing going on.”

Free food was offered to those who took part in the event. The winning team received $50 worth of Chartwells dining dollars that let them buy food anywhere on campus.

Students that participated in the game show took advantage of the free food offered. Alexander Rodriguez | Photo Editor

The event commemorated national Constitution Day and was the last in the university’s events celebrating the federal observance.

Junior multimedia studies major Kyle Leaver agreed with Maciel, saying how important it is to be able to distinguish between what’s real and fake.

He said, “Fake news is everywhere and it’s now making its way internationally and into the social media world.”

Alexander Rodriguez is the photo editor of the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @AARodriguezz93.