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The real consequences of fake news

News consumers don't often believe fake news. But it's nonetheless critical that they learn to gauge the legitimacy of news sources and become aware of their own biases.
Claims that ABC News siphons readers away from Fairfax publications are unfounded. AAP Image/Joel Carrett

The ABC is not siphoning audiences from Fairfax

Explaining Fairfax's struggles, CEO Greg Hywood blamed the ABC for distorting the market - but the national broadcaster actually drives traffic to its commercial competitors.
Cyclone Debbie didn’t present strongly on twitter according to the ATNIX. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

ATNIX: Debbie misses Twitter

News sharing on Twitter focuses on a broad range of topics, even as Cyclone Debbie dominated other news sources, as shown by the Australian Twitter News Index for March 2017.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer and senior advisor Kellyanne Conway chat. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Seeking truth among ‘alternative facts’

How do we determine what is fact? An archaeologist explains how the answer has changed over time and why it matters so much now.
Facebook Live streaming after the police shooting death of Philando Castile. Tony Webster

What Facebook Live means for journalism

Facebook Live – and other live-video streaming services – change how we bear witness to events, and challenge how we think about visual information.
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Why do we fall for fake news?

Researcher who has studied online news for 20 years says people fall for fake news because they don't value journalistic sources and consider themselves and their friends as credible news sources.
In the early stages of his campaign, Donald Trump eagerly made himself available to the press. As president, that’s likely to change. Joe Skipper/Reuters

Experts’ roundtable: The future of journalism in Trump’s America

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.

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