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The Fog of Disinformation: A podcast on the spread of disinformation in the age of social media

With new technology, one click is all it takes to share false information. Misleading content on health or political issues can be spread through various channels, such as podcasts and social media.

Harmful content has pushed educators to devise a plan to put a stop to disinformation. 

This podcast was reported and produced by graduate journalism students of American University’s School of Communication: Alex Angle, Daniela Lobo, Julia Mouketo, Lauren Spiers, and Nicole Wiley.


Thank you to the experts who shared their time and knowledge with the reporters of this podcast: 

American Hospital Association; Public Service Announcement

Kurt Braddock, American University School of Communication & Faculty Fellow Center for Media and Social Impact  

Andres Ilves, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Director Near East Region 

Jakub Tesar, Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty, Fellowships and Academic Relations Officer 

Anita Varma, The University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism and Media 

Damika Walker, PHARMD, & Chair, Immunize DC  

Valerie Wirtschafter, Brookings Institution, Fellow-Foreign Policy, Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technology Initiative    

Supervising Faculty: Jill Olmsted, SOC Professor  

Alex Angle

Alex Angle is a multimedia journalist covering Dupont Circle for the Wash. She is currently pursuing her master's in Journalism and Public Affairs at American University. She previously was a TV reporter in Northwest Arkansas.

Daniela Lobo

Daniela Lobo currently covers the Cleveland Park and Cathedral Heights neighborhoods. Prior to The Wash, she worked as a content producer at NBC10 Boston and Telemundo Nueva Inglaterra. Daniela is currently pursuing her masters's degree in journalism and public affairs at American University.

Julia Mouketo

Julia is a reporter for The Wash covering the Tenleytown and Friendship Heights area. She is a graduate student at American University. Prior to The Wash, she worked for The Roanoke Times and Cardinal News.

Lauren Spiers

Before pursuing my master’s in journalism from AU, I interned at WTVR-CBS 6 where I wrote scripts and worked on the assignment desk. I developed TV news packages as a broadcast reporter at VCU. My articles were published in the blog and magazine at non-profit The Borgen Project.

Nicole Wiley

Nicole Wiley is a graduate student in the Journalism and Public Affairs program. She received her BA in International Studies and a German translation certificate from American University. She is from southeast Tennessee and loves spending time in nature and writing poetry.

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