Author: Serena O'Sullivan

5 strategies to tell if an image is fake

In a sea of misinformation, it takes a sharp eye to recognize subtle signs of fakery. Luckily, there are ways for you to train yourself to recognize an image that’s been edited to mislead you.

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How news literacy messages can change the way people seek out news media

Can media literacy education mitigate the effect of selective exposure?

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How relevance shapes the public’s news decisions

A new study from The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism finds relevancy is the key factor in how people choose news stories to read.

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UT Austin study suggests process boxes can boost audience trust

Audiences rated news stories with a box explaining their process as more trustworthy than articles without.

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YouTube series “Navigating Digital Misinformation” teaches teens to be MediaWise

Teens on the internet are susceptible to online misinformation. That’s why MediaWise is teaming up with social media influencers to teach media literacy skills.

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Study: Losing local newspapers leads to more polarized voting

When local newspapers close, people turn to national news sources, which focus more on inter-party conflict and provide a simplified view of political issues.

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Conflict in the comment section can hurt a news site’s credibility

A new UT Austin study suggests journalists should ensure the discussions in their comment sections are civil in order to retain new readers and keep their trust.

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New study details role of fake accounts, bots in misinformation wave

A Nature Communications study found bots were responsible for 34 percent of all shared articles from non-credible sources.

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