Breaking the News

A selection of damaged computer componentsWorcestershire Libraries, in partnership with The British Library, will be hosting a touring exhibition, and free talks and screenings that explores our relationship with the news. The exhibition and events will examine the era of fake news and post-truth, the vital role that the news plays in all our lives today and how it continues to influence the ways in which we navigate the world around us.

The Exhibition

Inspired by the UK’s biggest news collection, the exhibition showcases what makes a story through real headlines from newspapers, TV, radio and digital media. Delve into the stories that have shaped your local news from the archives and discover who has helped shape the news as we know it today.

2022 Exhibition Tour Dates

  • The Hive – Saturday 12th February – Saturday 26th February
  • Bromsgrove Library – 14th March – 25th March
  • Kidderminster Library – 28th March – 9th April 
  • Malvern Library – 12th April – 23rd April
  • Redditch Library – 26th April – 7th May

FREE Events and Screenings

News Now – The Rise of Fake News, Bad News and Decline of Trust

The Hive, Worcester – Wednesday 16th February, 3:00pm

It’s a time of some of the biggest news headlines in recent history and unprecedented social and political events. And yet interest in news is in decline, as is trust in news media thanks in part to fake news and bad news fatigue.  At the same time, audiences are also changing how and when they consume news relying on social media rather than traditional media platforms.

Led by journalists and experts from the University of Worcester, this talk, and Q&A session will explore some of the issues affecting news journalism today and how reporters and editors are reacting. Book your place here.

How to Spot Fake News – Online Event

Monday 21st February, 3:00pm

In a world of rumour and misinformation how can we make sure that the news we consume is as accurate as possible?  This session will provide a non-judgemental forum for us to explore our own media diets and habits, and try out some fact-checking tools, tips and tricks to help you spot fake news.  Book your place here.

Breaking the News Screenings

Tuesday 15th March 6:30pm – Bromsgrove Library
Thursday 31st March 11:00am – Kidderminster Library

Join James Mitchinson of the Yorkshire Post, journalist and activist Rachel Horne and other special guests for a celebration of regional news and explore its significance at the heart of communities. Chaired by journalist and Channel 4 Newsreader, Fatima Manji, this debate will be screened in Bromsgrove and Kidderminster Libraries supported by the following in-library events:

‘Behind the Headlines’ – Tuesday 15th March – 6:30pm - Bromsgrove Library
Local newspaper editor Tristan Harris and PR professional Andrew Marsh will discuss the earlier screening of ‘Breaking the News’, the reality of working behind the headlines and share their experiences of breaking news stories.   Book via Bromsgrove Library in person or by phoning 01905 822722.

Looking Back at Bromsgrove - Friday 25th March – 10:00am-11:00am- Bromsgrove Library
Looking back at Bromsgrove, our local history and reminiscence group will meet to discuss the theme ‘In the News’. No need to book.

Reminiscence Group – Thursday 31st March – 11:00am – Kidderminster Library
Following the screening of ‘Breaking the News’, the Reminiscence Group will be discussing local headlines from the archives and taking part in a quiz on local history.  No need to book.