MEDIA DRAGON: Fixing the ‘Brain Damage’ Caused by the I.P.O. Process
Our problem isn't ‘fake news.' Our problems are trust and manipulation.
"Propaganda is the executive arm of the invisible government." —Edward Bernays, Propaganda (1928) "Fake news" is merely a symptom of greater social ills. Our real problems: trust and manipulation. Our untrusted—and untrustworthy—institutions are...
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Agência Lupa is providing free fact-checking classes.This week, they trained a group at Universidade Federal do Paraná in Brazil.
German election prep
First Draft has announced its German election project, #WahlCheck17, in partnership with Correctiv.org. But German fact-checkers tell Poynter that fake news haven't taken hold as much there as they had in France and the United States.
As if a couple of hurricanes weren't bad enough
Fighting misinformation during last week's hurricanes was an exhausting and not completely successful battle. FEMA stepped in; ProPublica went behind the scenes with a fact-checker; people started believing in Category 6 storms; Forbes blasted Rush Limbaugh for spreading fakery; President Trump's social media director got hoaxed; and Poynter's Daniel Funke offered some tips.
Research roundup: Better ways to tell people they're wrong
A new study shows that you'll have more luck trying to correct your friends' misconceptions than those of strangers. And while you're doing that, don't focus on why their information is wrong — find new information and talk about why it's right, says a University of Pennsylvania-University of Illinois study.
A fact-checking how-to for newsrooms
The American Press Institute’s popular step-by-step guidelines for setting up a new fact-checking project have been updated. Let us know if you'd like a copy.
Some fact-checking fun
"The Daily Show" host Trevor Noah talks about what it's like to be a victim of fake news.
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9 quick fact-checking links
(1) MediaShift offers more tips and a webinar on spotting fake photos. (2) The NRA "fact-checks the mainstream media." (3) The Equifax data breach unleashes rumors and a fact check. (4) British Airways magazine confuses comic strips with real life. (5) Here's all the frustrating things about fact-checking Goop. (6) Kudos to NPR's Steve Innskeep for fact-checking Steve Bannon's version of history. (7) This study says journalists blame social media for the rise of misinformation. (8) A magazine company must pay up for not fact-checking its stories on singer-actress Rebel Wilson, a judge rules. (9) Listen to this Storyology Festival discussion with RMIT ABC Fact Check and other experts.