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Journalistic responses to misinformation

Kyriakidou, Maria and Cushion, Stephen 2021. Journalistic responses to misinformation. The Routledge Companion to Media Disinformation and Populism, Routledge, (10.4324/9781003004431-55)

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Abstract

This chapter reviews the arguments made for the evolution of journalistic practices in the face of these challenges. In this context, academic attention has turned to exploring the ways journalism can be renewed for public good, identifying how and where disinformation or misinformation can be countered by journalists. The chapter focuses on the UK context and, in particular, the challenges of reporting misinformation in public service media, defined by obligations to report accurately and impartially. Public service broadcasters, however, face a number of challenges in reporting misinformation. The chapter addresses the challenges associated with effectively countering and communicating misinformation in ways that might, we argue, reinforce and promote public legitimacy in journalism. The acknowledgement of disinformation as a new challenge for journalism is reflected in recently updated training and educational initiatives. Such insights can further promote public and academic debates on misinformation and form the basis for transformative changes in journalism.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781003004431
Funders: AHRC
Last Modified: 12 May 2021 12:45
URI: http://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/141192

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