Dam Hee Kim

Dam Hee Kim, Assistant Professor of Communication, UA

Monday, May 17,

2:30 – 3:30 pm,

an ASA Zoom Webinar*


Professor Dam Hee Kim will discuss how in today’s digital society individuals have amplified control over the types of media and information that they are consuming, even while actively generating content themselves and participating in civic life. Although this change may open the door for engaged citizenry, we have also witnessed serious problems involving what has come to be known as “fake news.” Professor Kim’s talk will start by addressing the definitions of the buzz phrase, “fake news,” and explain why some people would be motivated to create or consume mis- or dis-information. Drawing from survey data collected in the contexts of the 2018 midterm and the 2020 presidential elections in the US, Dam Hee Kim will explain how social media can be an environment particularly vulnerable to mis- or dis-information. She will discuss the detrimental effects that exposure to this kind of information can bring about to our democracy; present strategies for shielding ourselves from mis- or dis-information; and introduce digital tools that can help us combat “fake news.”

Dam Hee Kim earned a BA (Summa Cum Laude in Journalism and Mass Communication and Business Administration) from Korea University in South Korea, an MA (Journalism and Mass Communication) and her PhD in Communication from the University of Michigan. She is currently Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona.

Professor Kim has earned nine research awards including the Mary Alice Shaver award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2015 and 2016.  Her work has appeared in Communication Research, Digital Journalism, Human Communication Research, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Journal of Media Economics, and New Media & Society, among others.

Written by Carol and Don Gilzinger, Academy Village Volunteers


*To access the Zoom Webinar, please write info@arizonasenioracademy.org



May 17: “‘Fake News’—Problems and Solutions”