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0000017a-3b40-d913-abfe-bf44a4f90000Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU news team as the politics reporter and columnist in April 2012 , after 30 years of covering local, state and national politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. On this page, you will find his weekly column, Politically Speaking; the Monday morning political chats with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik and other news coverage by Wilkinson. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio gubernatorial race since 1974, as well as 16 presidential nominating conventions. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots, the Lucasville prison riot in 1993, the Air Canada plane crash at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983, and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. And, given his passion for baseball, you might even find some stories about the Cincinnati Reds here from time to time.

Distinguishing Fake News From True Journalism And How Local News Organizations Strive For Truth

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It can sometimes be difficult to distinguish between accurate news and stories filled with biased reporting, incorrect information or outright falsehoods.

Note: This segment originally aired on March 14, 2017.

Since he's been in office, President Trump has continued his running battle with reporters and increased his allegations that media outlets are generating fake news. He reiterated his accusations during his recent trip to Europe for the G-20 Summit.

Today, when virtually anyone can post a story online with no oversight, it is often difficult to distinguish the real from the fake.

Joining us to discuss how to tell the difference between real and fake news, and the standards news organizations set to make sure stories are accurately reported, are Anthony Shoemaker, news editor for the Dayton Daily News, Newscenter 7 and WHIO Radio; WCPO.com/WCPO Insider Local Government and Politics reporter, and Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists President, Tom McKee; and WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson.

Cincinnati’s Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) will host a panel discussion titled, “Truth Matters. Facts Matter,” Thursday, March 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the National VOA Museum of Broadcasting Museum in West Chester.  The public event, sponsored by Kehoe Financial Advisors, is part of museum events to commemorate the Voice of America’s 75th anniversary this year.