Journalism in the era of "fake news"

Fake news accusations

From Washington, D.C., to Warsaw, Poland, the ”fake news” term became a useful tool for populists to denounce everything they do not agree with. Donald Trump’s repeated accusations against the ”failing” New York Times and ”fake news” CNN are so similar to Polish Law and Party’s rhetoric against my newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza and private broadcaster TVN.

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The challenges of a 'disrupted' news industry

The challenges of a 'disrupted' news industry

“Bad story selection – or in not so-PC terms – dumb, lazy noise.” That’s how Peter Hamby, the head of news at Snapchat, summed up the biggest threat to the media industry at a panel discussion at the Texas Tribune festival on September 23.

“The homogeneity of news is a real problem. There’s a lack of bravery around telling new stories,” he added.

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Will News Literacy Help Tackle Fake News in the United States?

 

Fake news is more of a disgusting issue than an interesting one, and almost everyone we meet in the United States talks about it. In order to tackle and spot the fabricated news, some academicians have recently added a new “news literacy” module to journalism curriculum.

The issue of fake news became unprecedentedly widespread after the U.S. presidential elections and, especially, when President Donald Trump began accusing mainstream media of spreading fake news about his campaign and his presidency.

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Is a journalism museum worth fighting for?

Is a journalism museum worth fighting for?

 

A museum dedicated to the freedom of expression – one of five freedoms enshrined in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution –  called the Newseum, in Washington, D.C., is undergoing a “strategic review” and may have to close due to financial difficulties, it was revealed last week.

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Northern Minnesota Community Meets with WPI Fellows

Northern Minnesota Community Meets with WPI Fellows

 

Local Minnesota residents were invited to take part in two forums where 10 international journalists, sponsored by the World Press Institute, answered audience questions and shared their perspectives on the mainstream media in the era of “fake news.”

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Facebook is there for journalism. Take the most out of it

Facebook is there for journalism. Take the most out of it

It’s hard to imagine one newsroom that hasn’t incorporated Facebook as one of the main working tools nowadays. The outlets use it on a minute-to-minute basis to gather news, amplify the stories’ reach on the internet, interact with the audience and do live videos. Why not try using it as a main channel for themed stories, too?

 

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From Fake News to Objectivity, WPI Fellows Answer the Tough Questions

From Fake News to Objectivity, WPI Fellows Answer the Tough Questions

Earlier this week in the small town of Tracy, Minn. local residents asked questions - and the WPI fellows answered. The meeting was held in the style of a traditional press conference, with all 10 fellows sitting side by side along a long table, taking turns addressing the audience. 

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News Wars

News Wars

 

Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone...We will create a civilization of the Mind in Cyberspace. May it be more humane and fair than the world your governments have made before“.

Declaration of the independence of cyberspace

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The ‘danger’ of Trump’s fake news rhetoric

The ‘danger’ of Trump’s fake news rhetoric

The U.S. media has become used to being derided as “fake news” by Donald Trump on Twitter. This week was no different, with the president blasting the “fake news media” and “truly bad people” in the wake of the killing of a protester at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, while he celebrated the return of his former chief strategist Steve Bannon to Breitbart: “Fake news needs the competition!”

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Trump supporters, speak out!

Writing for The New York Times’ behind-the-scenes column Times Insider last week, reporter Sarah Maslin Nir shared the challenges she faces when trying to get a Donald Trump’s supporter to talk to her for a story. The newspaper’s critical approach to the presidency has gotten it included on the group of outlets that Trump has labeled “fake news media”. On his official Twitter account, he calls it the “failing New York Times.” Most of his loyal audience, thus, agree with his view that the paper and other mainstream media are working to serve as an obstacle for his mandate.  

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