Dean Miller


Fake news: Smart solutions to the dummy problem

Neither censorship, nor government-funded journalism nor opaque Facebook programming solutions will stem the spread of fake news. All of those are supply-side solutions to what is a demand-side problem. In this session, you'll be challenged to make your newsroom part of the solution using the tools and skills in abundance around you.

Stymie government-funded "news" sites

If the county commission hires your best reporter, the state prison recruits your editor or the governor tries to set up his own news program the way Cuomo of New York and Pence of Indiana did ... call it what it is: Propaganda. In this fast-paced workshop, you'll brainstorm, design and prepare to launch a counter-offensive against the use of tax dollars to compete against your newsroom.


Dean Miller is an author, teacher and journalist specializing in 21st-century newsroom management, the savage science of retrofitting an airliner in midflight with passengers on board. He has been hassled in legal action by a billionaire press critic, survived the forced landing of a public broadcaster’s “re-imagining” and built materials for the proven-effective anti-fake-news course that has spread to more than 60 universities and to five continents. A veteran Statehouse reporter who served as Executive Editor of the Idaho Falls (Idaho) Post Register for 14 years, he was selected in 2007 for a year-long Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University. In 2009, he was hired to run the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University, which propagates the unique critical thinking course built by journalists to help citizens find reliable information. While there, he taught more than 2,400 students and was picked to deliver a TEDx talk.

In 2015, he was recruited to be Senior Vice President/Content at Connecticut’s dual-license public broadcaster, carrying out a modernization/reorganization plan conceived by IDEO with funding from the Knight Foundation. He was laid off nine months later during a second round of reorganization, during which all remaining members of the change team left CPBN. Miller has spent the subsequent downtime traveling, building a cedar strip canoe, drafting a novel and a finishing a cookbook. Previous book projects include a chapter of “Page One: Inside the New York Times and the Future of Journalism;” a true-crime book on the Ruby Ridge case in Idaho; a natural history of mountain lion attacks and a series of guidebooks to Yellowstone country. He is in talks for a book on News Literacy.