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Media Responsibility

Characteristics of Reputable Newspapers

  • publishes accurate content; checks facts, and if errors are made, corrects them
  • uses reputable sources (people, documentation) and verifies those sources
  • presents headlines which accurately represent the article content
  • clearly identifies authors with bylines
  • produces its own content; doesn't merely aggregate content from other sources
  • clearly identifies content types (e.g. report vs. editorial)
  • conducts reporting not just editorializing
  • journalists follow the profession's code of ethics

Misinformation, Disinformation and Malinformation word of 2018 - Misinformation

misinformation -

false information that is spread, 
regardless of whether there is intent to mislead:In the chaotic hours after the earthquake, lot of misinformation was reported in the news.
disinformation - Merriam-Webster
false information deliberately and often
covertly spread in order to influence public opinion
or obscure the truth

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1.  Satire - "The use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues."  - Oxford Language Dictionary

2. Clickbait "Internet content whose main purpose is to attract attention and encourage visitors to click on a link to a particular web page." Oxford Language Dictionary  

To Do

Confirmation Bias - Our subconscious tendency to seek and interpret information and other evidence in ways that affirm our existing beliefs, ideas, and expectations.  We seek out information or news that confirms our beliefs and ideas.

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