Fake News in Mainstream Media?

Program Meeting – October 2017

Fall Meeting – Wednesday, October 18 at 18:30

Illustration of “fake news” from 1894 by Frederick Burr Opper

Fake news as defined by Wikipedia is a type of yellow journalism or propaganda that consists of deliberate misinformation spread via traditional print and broadcast news media or online social media.[1] Fake news is written and published with the intent to mislead in order to gain financially or politically, often with sensationalist, exaggerated, or patently false headlines that grab attention.[2]

Within seconds of the deadly Las Vegas attack, mainstream platforms such as Facebook and Google started circulating politicized fake news about who the Las Vegas shooter was in the latest example of fake news polluting social media amid a breaking news story. The flow of misinformation on Monday illustrated a particularly grim trend.
Sabine Wolf ,  a free-lance German journalist, author and moderator based in Munich, will be speaking to us about her perspective on fake news at our next meeting on October 18th. Ms. Wolf has worked for more than 20 years for German public television stations such as ARD and the Bayerische Rundfunk among others, as an investigative journalist and filmmaker with a focus on economy, finance and politics. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Bayerischen Fernsehpreis in 2012 and the Ernst-Schneider Preis in 2011, 2012 and 2015. Most recently she was recognized for her documentary about counterfeit medications for ARD.

For more information about being a guest at this months meeting, please contact our club president at:


IMMA Visits Oktoberfest – Fall update

On Monday, Sept 25, AAUPW member and IMMA volunteer Claudia Ziersch joined 3 staffers and 6 girls from the shelter on a field trip to Oktoberfest. “We didn’t drink any beer, but we did have a good time! The girls were allowed to spend their budget however they wanted, so most of it went for rides. But we also took a break for sausages and French fries. Some of the girls had never been to Oktoberfest before and were amazed by what they saw. Most of them were braver than I and went on rides that went upside down. We had to keep a close eye on each other so that no one got lost. We split up and met again and waited for each other and just hung out. And to top it all off they had free tickets for the water ride, which was a great way to end the day – wet!”

Anyone who is interested in becoming more involved with IMMA on a regular basis should speak with Tara or Claudia.


GNO @ Riem Arcaden Run

Girls Night Out invites you to get fit for fall with the Riem Arcaden Run!

When and Where: Come join us on Saturday, October 14th in Riem to either walk or run through BUGA-Park and around the BUGA Lake.  Cost is 19 Euro entry fee.  The run (which used to be the AVON Run in the English Garden) donates 5 Euro of each entry fee to the Bavarian Cancer Society.  Each finisher will receive a bag of goodies from the various sponsors. You can either run 5k or 10k, or walk 5k.  Start is at Willy-Brandt-Platz, which is directly in from of the Riem Arcaden shopping mall. (U-Bahn station U1 or U2 Messestadt West)

The day program is listed below:

10:00 a.m.       Program starts in front of the stage with music and entertainment

10:30 a.m.       800 m Children’s run

11:00 a.m.       5 km Riem Arcaden Run

11:05 a.m.       5 km Walking/Nordic Walking

12:15 p.m.       10 km Run

 1:00 p.m.       Awards Ceremony, Donation checks

Information can be found at which will direct you to sign up at:

When you sign up, you can enter AAUPW as the “Verein”.  Afterward the run we will get together for lunch or go shopping!

 An E-vite will be sent out later this week.  Elizabeth – GNO Coordinator