Rockport native/Globe columnist Sean Murphy joins impressive panel at Rockport Library, May 6, on “Journalism and fake news”

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LITERARY CAPE ANN shares a press release for the impressive May 6 panel discussion they’re presenting at Rockport Public Library

Journalism in the age of fake news and truth telling

ROCKPORT, MASS— Even the experts can’t always tell fake news when they see it. Technology, politics and shifts in reader habits all play a role in a worrying trend that many say is only going to get worse. The antidote to fake news? Information.

All are invited, free of charge, to take part in what promises to be a fascinating and illuminating discussion. Find out more about fake news, how to spot it and what it means for our democracy long-term. Come prepared with questions and concerns.

Journalism in the age of fake news and truth telling — a panel discussion featuring some of the Boston area’s leading journalists and scholars — is at the Rockport Public Library on Sunday, May 6, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Refreshments and a book signing (“The Return of the Moguls: How Jeff Bezos and John Henry are Remaking Newspapers in the Twenty-First Century” by Dan Kennedy) follow the discussion.

The panel of experts includes:

Dan Kennedy: WGBH commentator, Northeastern University journalism professor, reporter and author

Sean Murphy: Boston Globe editor, columnist and journalist

Jane Enos: Gatehouse Media editor and reporter

Caroline Enos: Gloucester High School Gillnetter editor and activist

Kyle Moody: Fitchburg State University communications professor and fake news expert

hosted by Literary Cape Ann – Together we celebrate and support our abundant literary arts Rae Padilla Francoeur  •  Diana Brown McCloy  •  Mary Riotte      

Literary Cape Ann provides the community of Cape Ann with information and events that support and reinforce the value and importance of the literary arts.

discovery of giant shipworm as long as a twin bed


The abstract was published in National Academy of Sciences 4/17/17 by Daniel Distel et al University of Utah, Northeastern University, University of the Philippines, Sultan Kudarat State University, and Drexil: “Discovery of chemoautotrophic symbiosis in the giant shipworm Kuphus polythalamia (Bivalvia: Teredinidae) extends wooden-steps theory”

The epic shipworm star of the video was shipped from an undisclosed location in the Philippines. This was the first collection of a live specimen. The immense mollusks are submerged vertically and almost entirely beneath a muddy sea bottom. Two ‘tusk like’ siphons sprout above the seabed like a tap root vegetable.

People eat the little ones, Teredo Navalis. These ‘termites of the sea’ wreaked havoc, devouring Dutch dikes in the 1730s, weakening vessels as purported with the Nantucket whaling ship Essex in 1821, and crumbling San Francisco’s harbor infrastructure 1919. They  were first reported in Massachusetts in 1839:  “in the sheathing of foreign wooden vessels. A century later the species was abundant in samples taken from Nova Scotia to Massachusetts. The species was first collected from Long Island Sound in 1869, again from the timbers of a sailing vessel. Within several decades the species was collected in abundance in test boards from all around New York Harbor (Brown 1953).” 

Gloucester’s historic copper marine paint manufacturer, Tarr and Wonson, became the most trusted name in the business of protective paint. The iconic harbor motif still stands. The Paint Factory is now Ocean Alliance.