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Geneva Overholser: Death to bothsidesism

By Geneva Overholser, for NiemanLab “In day-to-day political reporting, the Times is hopelessly stuck in the past. Its proud allegiance to presenting ‘both sides’ in a time of political breakdown renders it a handmaiden to the degradation of truth.” Geneva Overholser I predict (pray?) that in 2020, the leaders of our national newspapers will see at last how they are assisting in the despoliation of our democracy — and how

Journalism, ‘fake news’ and disinformation: A handbook for journalism education and training

This new publication by UNESCO is a timely resource and highly topical subject for all those who practice or teach journalism in this Digital Age. By UNESCO Developments in the last few years have placed journalism under fire. A range of factors are transforming the communications landscape, raising questions about the quality, impact and credibility of journalism. At the same time, orchestrated campaigns are spreading untruths – disinformation, mal-information and

‘Fake news’: the best thing that’s happened to journalism

By Charlie Beckett, Director of Polis, LSE Fake News has upset a lot of people and caused real damage but it’s been good news for journalism analysts like me. I’ve never had more interest in a media issue than this. I’ve never been busier talking and researching a topic and it’s consequences. Here are some notes that I use when I give talks about fake news. This article by Charlie Beckett, Polis,

Getting to the root of the “fake news” problem means fixing what’s broken about journalism itself

At MisinfoCon, stopping “fake news” wasn’t the only focus: Issues from news literacy to newsroom standards and reader empathy to ad revenue were all up for discussion. By Shan Wang, Nieman Lab The spread of misinformation, as well as deliberate, fabricated news content online, has many heads, and no single weapon exists to defend against it. At MisinfoCon, a summit this past weekend hosted by the First Draft Coalition, the

Creating a Trust Toolkit for journalism

Over the last decade newsrooms have spent a lot of time building their digital toolbox. But today we need a new toolbox for building trust By Josh Stearns, Verification Junkie, for FirstDraftNews Earlier this year Gallup reported that trust in media, already at dismal levels, reached an all-time low. This erosion in trust has real implications for journalism’s role in democracy, its sustainability and its ability to be an anchor

How technology disrupted the truth

Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism, Katharine Viner wrote for The Guardian. ne Monday morning last September, Britain woke to a depraved news story. The prime minister, David Cameron, had committed an “obscene act with a dead pig’s head”, according to the Daily Mail. “A

Too little too late: The horror of Paris proves the media need to debunk rumours in real time

‘Have you seen the news from Paris? Just awful isn’t it’. This WhatsApp message was the start of a long evening cross-referencing updates on Tweetdeck, trying to understand what was happening on the ground in Paris and realising the phrase ‘just awful’ couldn’t do justice to the horror unravelling, Claire Wardle wrote for The First Draft. Unsurprisingly, as always happens in chaotic breaking news situations, the rumours emerged quickly and

Russian State TV Anchor: ‘Propaganda Is Journalism’

Andrei Kondrashov is one of 300 media professionals awarded by Russian President Vladimir Putin for their “objective” coverage of events in Crimea. Speaking to RFE/RL in Moscow, Russian state television’s leading news anchor dAndrei Kondrashov is one of 300 media professionals awarded by Russian President Vladimir Putin for their “objective” coverage of events in Crimea. Speaking to RFE/RL in Moscow, Russian state television’s leading news anchor defended his Andrei Kondrashov

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