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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 The result: reputable news organizations hastily disseminating outdated (or falsified) photos in association with recent, unrelated events.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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    But how do you know that it’s true? Notes from #nishbr verification workshop

But how do you know that it’s true? Notes from #nishbr verification workshop

Notes from a Google-supported European Journalism Centre workshop in Hamburg on new ways of verifying user generated content for mainstream media organisations.

I wrote this in the London Observer last Sunday – I hope that the journalists who attend these kinds of workshops are making it come true:
“Newsrooms are investing in the new skills they need to carry out their […]

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