REGISTER NOW for the new course: FAKE NEWS!

Note: This course will be offered online and is open to ALL Chapman students.


Conspiracy theories, Twitter bots, Russian disinformation campaigns, fake news, anti-vaxxers, climate change deniers, deep fake videos, trolls, propagandists, Tik-Tok, Facebook, social media and free speech.

We live in a world flooded by a tsunami of information, from politics to science, much of it either misleading or untrue. For the general public it is a confusing and overwhelming time. For journalists, reporters, videographers and documentarians it is a challenging and critical time as well.

What to report, how to check sources and verify, how to navigate a landscape where up is down, and vice versa, depending who you ask. Why are we so vulnerable, all of us, to disinformation? Now?  How can we recognize and combat it? What are the stakes if we can’t?

In the midst of a global pandemic and on the cusp of a historically contentious Presidential election, this course will address and seek answers to these questions and more.

Instructor Information
Steven Reiner is an Emmy Award winning former producer for CBS News’ 60 Minutes and a former Senior Editor and Executive Producer at National Public Radio. He has written for numerous periodicals and was a staff writer for The Atlantic magazine. Most recently he was Associate Professor of Journalism at the Stony Brook University School of Journalism in New York, where he directed the broadcast journalism program. He was on the founding faculty of the school’s Center for News Literacy.

For more information on the course, please reach out to Professor Steven Reiner at