With the Fourth Estate in collision with the Fifth Estate of citizens on social media, how can we teach truthful reporting?

Neumark Jones, Victoria (2019) With the Fourth Estate in collision with the Fifth Estate of citizens on social media, how can we teach truthful reporting? Journalism Education, 8 (2). pp. 85-94. ISSN 2050-3903

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What is fake news and how can we teach our students not to be taken in by it, not to spread it and not to write it? I suggest going back to first principles of critical thinking: first by identifying how false information is created and spread, then by understanding why this happens, and finally by grasping how the public is deceived. News literacy is as important as proficiency in news gathering. To counter this: diligent digital knowledge coupled with age-old yet evergreen principles of research, critical questioning, unblinkered listening and civil response.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: fake news; news media; social media; journalism; truthful reporting
Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 070 News media, journalism & publishing
300 Social sciences
Department: School of Computing and Digital Media
Depositing User: Victoria Neumark Jones
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2020 14:07
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2020 14:07
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/5410

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