Fake News and Covid 19: Inoculating the Public against Disinformation

Event Date: 
19.05.2021 -
18:30 to 20:00
Online via Zoom & YouTube live

Register HERE

The University of New York in Prague will be hosting an online public seminar on the topic of fake news and disinformation emerging in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing global vaccination process. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a golden opportunity for purveyors of disinformation, and the emergence of viable vaccines has only accelerated the flow of fake news. Topics for discussion:

  • What possible motives lie behind the spread of fake news about COVID-19?
  • How does the Czech Republic compare internationally?
  • How can public relations and strategic communication tactics be employed to help the public obtain accurate information?

Join Dr. Todd Nesbitt (Dean of School of Communication and Media, UNYP) and Martin Pavlicek, M.A., MBA (Managing Director, Havas PR Prague) to discuss concerns, trends, and ways forward in the contemporary chaotic public communication environment, and take this unique opportunity to ask PR and communication professionals about the questions that are important to you.

The free UNYP webinar will be held on the Zoom platform and streamed live on UNYP’s YouTube channel. Please note that it will be entirely in the Czech language.​ 

Todd Nesbitt is the Dean of the School of Communication and Media at the University of New York in Prague. Todd completed his Master’s and Ph.D. at the Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism of the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University, where he has taught courses at the Law, Humanities, and Social Sciences faculties. Todd’s research activities are mainly focused on strategic political communication, media globalization, and media ownership.

Martin Pavlicek is the Managing Director of Havas PR. He completed his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and MBA at the University of New York in Prague, where he currently teaches a course in Public Communication and Media Relations. Martin’s impressive career includes working as a spokesperson for ČEZ, Director of Communications at Unipetrol, Director of Corporate Communications at UPC, and leading the Havas Worldwide Prague agency since 2015.

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