Category: What We’re Reading

Social media use is evolving for a new generation of teens

As the technology landscape evolves for young people, so do concerns about the impact it is having on their lives.

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Educators unsure: Can students identify fake news?

A new study finds nearly all education leaders are concerned about “students’ inability to gauge the reliability of online news.”

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How media brands affect people’s trust in news

Americans are less trusting of information when they know where it comes from, a new Knight Foundation study finds.

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Study: Local news in small communities is suffering

Media outlets in “news deserts” lack originality, geographic relevance and critical information, according to Duke University research.

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Social media: Changing the way news is consumed

Inaccuracy tops people’s concerns about social media, Pew researchers find.

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Americans have trouble differing fact from opinion, Pew reports

Only 26 percent of U.S. adults could properly distinguish between fact and opinion statements.

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‘A journalist should step correct:’ Building trust in local news, Columbia Journalism Review

“‘A journalist should step correct:’ Building trust in local news” provides a useful summary of months of assessment and conversation about local journalism with two demographically different neighborhoods in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Four fellows at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism developed a participatory process for workshops comprising residents, community leaders, educators and journalists, […]

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War On Fake News & The Help of Behavioral Science by Gleb Tsipursky

The Pro-Truth Pledge project is an effort from a group of behavioral scientists at the University of Pennsylvania and Ohio State University designed to promote integrity when sharing information on social media. In a blog post on The Conversation, Gleb Tsipursky, who is a co-founder of the project, discusses the positive impact from a small […]

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Media Insight Project’s Americans and the News Media: What they do — and don’t — understand about each other

Journalists have an opportunity to improve trust and communication with the American public through “steps such as transparency, labeling, eliminating jargon, and letting the public participate in the news,” according to findings from the Media Insight Project, a collaboration between the American Press Institute and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs. Concurrent surveys of […]

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News games: engaging tools for fighting misinformation

The purpose of Bad News is to gain a social media following while earning six different badges like Emotion and Impersonation. Once a user sets up a fake account he/she can use bots and memes to reach more followers. The game explains these terms before presenting the options. The game always presents different options and […]

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The Oxygen of Amplification by Whitney Philips

Data & Society’s latest report underlines how the choices the news media makes on what to cover impact the “amount of oxygen supplied to the falsehoods, antagonisms, and manipulations that threaten to overrun the contemporary media ecosystem.” Digital media scholar Whitney Phillips conducted interviews with a number of journalists to provide a candid insight into the […]

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Tackling Online Disinformation: A European Approach

The disinformation issue is hardly exclusive to the United States. The European Commission recently organized a high-level group to suggest policies and practices to combat fake news. The group delivered  a report of both short- and long-term solutions.  Anyone thinking about media policy can gain useful information and tactics in this detailed report. Sayo AkaoSayo Akao […]

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