People who read false news items come to believe them – even if they know better. It doesn't help to know the source is unreliable or the report has been debunked.
Facebook's role is under scrutiny, a shift from earlier in the campaign, when the press was often blamed for Trump's ascendancy. Both played a part.
In the early stages of his campaign, Donald Trump eagerly made himself available to the press. As president, that’s likely to change.
How can journalists resist a master media manipulator, reach local communities and sift through fake news and propaganda? Media experts explore the challenges of covering the next administration.
Is it even Donald Trump? Or just a symptom of living in a post-truth world?
Every one of us is vulnerable to thinking that the ideas we hold dear are reasoned or principled positions. But how many of our ideas are adopted and defended as part of our tribal identity?
Global media systems cannot effectively contribute to social progress until opportunities are more widely shared.
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Global media systems cannot effectively contribute to social progress until opportunities not just for access, but also for active participation, are more widely shared.
Journalists need to understand the complexities of Aboriginal family violence.
Violence against women is a national priority, and Aboriginal women are disproportionately affected. This must be reported on appropriately in the media.
Did we hold Clinton to an unreasonably high standard?
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A sinister Hillary Clinton dominated conservative media, but also appeared in mainstream journalism. Why?
Australia’s major newspapers still seem to prefer male columnists.
Why are the opinion pages of Australia's media pages less diverse than even ASX 200 boards?
Could there soon be Trump TV?
Highly polarised media, be it on the left or the right, are a threat to democracy.
New guidelines for screen time for children should make it easier for parents.
Updated guidelines for how much screen time children can have puts most of the onus on the parents to decide.
Digital media has feasted off Donald Trump’s lies.
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Lies, Twitter bots and sensation reign in the era of for-profit digital media.
New linguistic studies show the ratio of “he” to “she” in Australian news reporting is 3.4 to 1.
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A new database that shows the use of gendered words in major Australian newspapers tells us much about whose voices are being heard.
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This psychologist has studied equivocation for years, but had to invent a new category for the prime minister's unique style.
CCTV footage is often seen to be decisive – an authoritative and objective witness that can tell us ‘what really happened’.
While potentially helpful in resolving extraordinary cases, an over-reliance on CCTV images to tell 'the truth' risks perpetuating certain myths regarding violence against women.
In China, Trump is depicted as a threat to stability.
Some countries clearly prefer one candidate over the other. But the biggest loser may be the American political process, long held up as a model for the rest of the world to emulate.
Donald Trump makes a point in the third presidential debate.
Democracy rests heavily on the idea that, though we may not like those who govern, they gained that power by fair means. Donald Trump is undermining that idea.
Miners engaged in rescue work in Aberfan in 1966.
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Press, television and radio can shape our memories of events - but is this a good thing?
Donald Trump has become the poster boy for ‘post-truth’ politics.
We now find ourselves in a 'post-truth' environment, trying to find meaning in dumbed-down democracy. How did we get here?
It’s a uniquely American phenomenon for newspapers to suggest one candidate over the other.
People tend to assume that most papers have an inherent bias, so a group of economists looked at what happens when there's a surprise pick.
A still from the most recent Islamic State video, released last week.
Videos released by Islamic State have captured the attention of the world for years. But the media focus on its so-called 'slick, professional' video techniques runs the risk of mythologising the terrorist group.