MP joins the fight against fake news

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews - BY OLIVER CLAY oliver.clay@trin­i­tymir­ @Oliv­er­ClayRWWN

EAST Run­corn MP Mike Ames­bury is en­cour­ag­ing A-level stu­dents to take part in a video cam­paign high­light­ing the is­sue of ‘fake news’.

The Po­lit­i­cal Stud­ies As­so­ci­a­tion (PSA)’s Schools’ Video Com­pe­ti­tion, spon­sored by YouGov, is now in its sev­enth year and is open to post-16 stu­dents who will be study­ing dur­ing the 2017-18 aca­demic year.

A spokesman for Mr Ames­bury said the PSA has been work­ing since 1950 to develop and pro­mote the study of pol­i­tics and it lead­ing as­so­ci­a­tion in its field with an in­ter­na­tional mem­ber­ship of more than 1,900 teach­ers, pol­i­tics pro­fes­sors, lec­tur­ers and re­searchers.

This year’s com­pe­ti­tion has asked stu­dents to ex­plore whether fake news ‘is the end of facts’.

Groups of stu­dents have been in­vited to sub­mit short videos on the sub­ject, ex­am­in­ing what fake news is, what ef­fect it could be hav­ing on the po­lit­i­cal land­scape and what it means for ex­pert opin- ion and ‘fac­tual’ knowl­edge.

Shortlisted groups will be in­vited to Speaker’s House in the Palace Of West­min­ster to dis­cuss the ideas raised in their video with a panel of politi­cians, jour­nal­ists and aca­demics.

The win­ners of the com­pe­ti­tion will re­ceive their award at the PSA’s an­nual awards cer­e­mony in West­min­ster.

This year’s cer­e­mony takes place on De­cem­ber 5 in Lon­don. On top of this, the win­ning stu­dents get a week’s work ex­pe­ri­ence with the YouGov po­lit­i­cal team dur­ing their school hol­i­days.

Mr Ames­bury, whose Weaver Vale con­stituency strad­dles much of east Run­corn, Frod­sham, Helsby, Dares­bury and North­wich, said: “The con­cept of fake news is in the pub­lic eye now more than ever, and see­ing the take that our young peo­ple have on the sub­ject will be fas­ci­nat­ing. We can­not un­der­value the im­por­tance of en­gag­ing young peo­ple in pol­i­tics.

“I’d en­cour­age all lo­cal A-level stu­dents to take part in this com­pe­ti­tion and sub­mit their ideas and videos.”

For com­pe­ti­tion de­tails visit www.psa.

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