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Tom Gayda 2018 Teacher of the Year By Heather Taylor “My dad doesn’t think I should go into the fake news business.” I t was an upsetting statement for Tom Gayda, a teacher and media adviser at North Central High School in Indianapolis, to hear from a student in his class. But was a serious wakeup call to a growing problem. Gayda is ready to take on the fake news machine and its erosion of trust in media. He wants to help people become smarter news consumers and smarter social media users. “We need to educate our students that insults of fake news are not funny. This not only undermines what we do for a living, it undermines the entire First Amendment,” Gayda said. He plans on bringing more attention to the problems of fake news and identify solutions as the 2018 National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year. Gayda was recently given this honor by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, a national award co-sponsored by the Dow Jones News Fund with