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    Truth, Trust and Technology: finding a new agenda for public information

Truth, Trust and Technology: finding a new agenda for public information

 

‘Fake news’ is now a global issue but what’s really at stake? In this article based on his speech to the Asian Journalism Fellowship conference in Singapore,  Charlie Beckett calls for a wider debate about journalism, truth and trust.

‘Fake news’ is a real problem: the viral hoaxes created for profit or political disruption, the hyper-partisan distortion, and malicious misinformation. […]

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‘Post-truth’: a myth created by journalists?

Post-truth: how bullshit conquered the world by James Ball

Post-truth: the new war on truth and how to fight back by Matthew d’Ancona

John Lloyd has already reviewed these two books better than I could have done. I share his view that the existential threat of ‘fake news’ is sometimes exaggerated and that we’ve been in informational crises before. If Hillary […]

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Trust and engagement: notes from the frontline

In March Polis brought together about 50 journalists, data scientists, journalism academics, platform representatives, campaigners, entrepreneurs, startup founders and investors to the LSE to discuss how to improve trust and engagement in the news media. It was a closed workshop designed to stimulate debate and suggest innovation and research initiatives. And it worked. As one participant put it, ‘great […]

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    How do you report on something that isn’t true? Dealing with Trump’s tweets and other fake news

How do you report on something that isn’t true? Dealing with Trump’s tweets and other fake news

My exchange with a journalist at USA Today illustrates what a struggle it is going to be to get this distinction established in news coverage after the 2016 election.

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Digital Verification: On the Frontline

In the digital race to publish breaking news across social media platforms, Alastair Reid argues that the industry-wide scramble to instantly release new information often bypasses proper source verification. The result: reputable news organizations hastily disseminating outdated (or falsified) photos in association with recent, unrelated events. First Draft News,  where Reid is managing editor, aims to to make digital […]

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