Author: Serena O'Sullivan

Young Australians prefer to get their news from family, study finds

While one-third of young Australians feel confident about spotting fake news online, most rarely or never try to find out if online news stories are true or not.

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People who share news on social media are more susceptible to misinformation

People with higher levels of news literacy are less likely to use social media for their news, preferring more trusted sources instead. People who do get their news from social media are much less skeptical of online news, which makes them vulnerable to misinformation.

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Swedish students are better at identifying fake images than fake news, a new study finds

The Uppsala University research noted nine out of 10 teenagers couldn’t distinguish a news story from an advertisement.

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Moderating uncivil comments takes an emotional toll and lowers trust in news

Uncivil comments taint people’s perception of a news site. They also make moderators more emotionally exhausted and less likely to trust said news outlet, researchers with UT Austin found.

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Young Americans aren’t as confident in their ability to spot fake news as Qatari youths

A new study notes Middle Eastern participants are more confident in identifying misinformation, but there was no significant difference in how people verified information.

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What’s standing in the way of Moroccan media literacy education?

Although many Moroccan secondary school teachers want to teach their students media literacy, educators cite limited training and materials as huge hurdles.

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Readers don’t buy outright lies — but social media users buy a blend of truth and partisan bias the most

Researchers say “fake news” is more defined by partisanship and identity politics than deception and misinformation.

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The different ways journalism and librarianship academia address fake news

A Bradley University professor found librarianship academic articles were less likely to be critical of misinformation on social media than journalism academic articles.

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More engagement leads to more fake news sharing, researchers say

Researchers asked: How can we encourage citizens to be enthusiastic and politically active without spreading misinformation? 

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More people spread made-up news than people who correct it

A new Online Civic Culture Centre study found most British social media users shy away from correcting misinformation — but a large chunk of people have spread misleading news.

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Working with local newsrooms to improve media literacy in their communities

How can increasing transparency and community engagement help journalists boost community media literacy? Managing Director Kristy Roschke will share News Co/Lab findings at NAMLE’s 2019 conference. 

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How emotional reactions influence the way audiences understand news

Findings suggest that a high “need for affect” (NFA), or desire for strong emotions, can mislead readers into thinking they learned more than they actually did.

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