Don’t believe the hype about Bigfoot, a flat Earth or ancient aliens.
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A university course teaches students why people believe false and evidence-starved claims, to show them how to determine what’s accurate and real and what’s neither.
It’s important that we acknowledge that objectivity is a myth – everyone brings a valuable perspective and lived experience to their work. But the ideal of non-partisan journalism is vital for democracy.
The Conversation Canada is celebrating its fifth anniversary. It’s one of dozens of digital news organizations that has found a niche in the changing media landscape in Canada.
Canada is home to a growing number of new digital-born journalism organizations, even though government policy aimed at helping the news industry has focused mostly on the decline of legacy media.
While Canadian universities are paying more attention to anti-racism and equity, more must be done to incorporate those values into the education students receive.
Universities can ensure students in all disciplines are learning how to contribute to a world that they and future generations want to live in.
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley – shown yelling – cried bias in the media’s coverage of the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
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The accusation of bias is like kryptonite for responsible news organizations: the stronger their piety to the ideal of objectivity, the more vulnerable they are to complaints made in bad faith.
Scholars can be more reliable than search engines.
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Unlike scholars, Google’s search engine can’t automatically decide which sources are the most important, most accurate or most significant.
The Washington Post has been criticized for saying a reporter who was the victim of a sexual assault couldn’t objectively cover topics like the #MeToo movement.
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The concept that journalists should be objective is outdated and impossible. Instead, good reporters use life experiences to ask fresh questions.
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The campaign to stop newspapers publishing topless photos of women relied on a special brand of emotional energy.
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Most people have strong opinions on what makes a song good or bad. But is anyone actually right?
Is speaking some evil really so bad?
We gave four scholars from different disciplines a chance to offer their opinions on this important question.
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Trump’s campaign challenges the conventions of politics and liberal democracy. So maybe the time has come to question how journalists practice objectivity.
A typical community protest over the delivery of basic services in South Africa. A study shows protesters often resort to violence to attract attention.
The advent of democracy in South Africa in 1994 is often hailed as peaceful and smooth. But, there are lingering problems. Dissent over unmet expectations has resulted in an increase in protests.
Journalists Thami Mazwai, left, and Jon Qwelane before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s special hearing on the media. They accused the white-owned press of colluding with apartheid.
South Africa seems more divided than ever on the media, as the governing ANC revives plans for a dreaded tribunal many fear would muzzle the press.