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Europe fights fake news as election season underway

An office in Brussels pours through hundreds of potentially fake news reports in a typical day, trying to identify them as such as Europeans in the Netherlands, Germany and France prepare to go to the polls this coming spring.

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Mon, February 20 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » No Comments

Defining fake news

.@CraigSilverman‘s three criteria for what actually counts as fake news. We need to be careful with our terminology. #infoneeds pic.twitter.com/cAVhU4pnr7 — Joy Mayer (@mayerjoy) February 12, 2017

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Sun, February 12 2017 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Who will fill in for the missing journalists?

Canada has lost about one-third of its journalists in the past six years alone. If we assume those jobs aren’t coming back, who, if anyone, will perform the work once done by those lost journos? This is the first in a series of Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy Journalism articles on the topic of Canada’s […]

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Sat, February 4 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Who will fill in for the missing journalists?

From political reporter to press secretary

An Edmonton Journal piece looks at a few who have made the jump from taking part in the scrum to attempting to herd it, and gets advice from a former MLA.

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Wed, February 1 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on From political reporter to press secretary

Buzzfeed News editor explains why they published the Trump dossier

Buzzfeed News editor-in-chief Ben Smith says the Trump dossier had been circulating for weeks at the highest levels of the U.S. government; wasn’t it time to let the public see it and judge for themselves?

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Mon, January 23 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Buzzfeed News editor explains why they published the Trump dossier

Day One: Trump attacks the media (repeat as necessary)

On the first day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, White House press secretary Sean Spicer went off on a bizarre, lie-ridden rant about reporting on crowd sizes at Friday’s swearing-in ceremony while Trump himself also took shots at the media.

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Sat, January 21 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Day One: Trump attacks the media (repeat as necessary)

’10 Times Trump Spread Fake News’

U.S. president-elect Donald Trump is at best a bullshitter and and at worst a pathological liar. This NYT story looks at 10 instances where he’s promoted someone else’s lies for partisan reasons.

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Wed, January 18 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on ’10 Times Trump Spread Fake News’

Creating the perfect fake news story

A Republican believer, motivated by Donald Trump’s complaining during the campaign of a rigged election, came up with a whopper of a fake news story to help the cause.

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Wed, January 18 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Creating the perfect fake news story

Covering the news conferences of authoritarian leaders like Trump: A Russian primer

A Russian journalist who has experience in dealing with President Vladimir Putin offers some advice to his American colleagues about to deal with U.S. president-elect Donald Trump.

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Fri, January 13 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Covering the news conferences of authoritarian leaders like Trump: A Russian primer

The term fake news has seen its day

Media columnist Margaret Sullivan thinks the phrase “fake news” has become co-opted by conservatives and has become useless in public discourse.

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Sun, January 8 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on The term fake news has seen its day