Students in high school now will be eligible to vote during the 2020 election cycle. How can we prepare them to become informed citizens in an era of misinformation, where anyone can publish anything?
There are four key things Donald Trump’s election tells us about the state of journalism today.
Public interest journalism exposes corruption and wrongdoers, and holds the powerful to account. But it is increasingly under threat, and we need to find ways to protect it.
People are hardwired to dismiss opposing views as ‘fake’.
Pundits have been keen to link post-truth to post-modernists, post-positivists or any other ‘postie’. They should turn their energy to forming a real popular front against Trump’s faux populism.
Readers read, viewers watch and players do. That level of engagement gives games real power to influence people both within and outside the play itself.
It’s election time and all the political parties are locked in a social media battle. But does it help inform political debate or just cause even more confusion?
The president has fled the country. An activist has died in jail. A military coup is afoot. Fake news is dividing Venezuelans, making a peaceful end to its profound crisis ever less likely.
Social media is a huge channel for false information. News organisations need to wean themselves off it.
The internet is changing how urban legends are spread – and helping to create new ones.
Beneath simple labels like post-truth, alternative facts and fake news is a complex set of issues. Any debate about the problems needs to start from some common points of reference.
Does science have an answer to science denial? Just as being vaccinated protects you from a later full-blown infection, a bit of misinformation explained could help ward off other cases down the road.
Concerns over filter bubbles and fake news are often based on anecdotal evidence. There is relatively little systematic research on the topic; a new survey finds widespread fears are unwarranted.
A century-old case of scientific fraud illustrates how hard it is to untangle the truth when access to new discoveries is limited.
As Solzhenitsyn saw it, simple truths are always a threat to totalitarianism.
Facebook has a new, depressingly incompetent strategy for tackling fake news.
Wikipedia has earned our trust. Now its founder proposes an innovative assault on fake news with Wikitribune.
Fake news has been used in the past to feed into people’s fears and prejudices. A particularly poignant story from 1913 relates to the wrongful conviction of an innocent man named Leo Frank.
The growth of new, vibrant, independent media sites and projects in South Africa have challenged conceptions of what a newsroom is. On limited budgets, some even fare better than mainstream media.
Algorithms can’t sort out the truth from the dross. People must become more social media savvy.