Presentation Title

The Effects of Fake News

Presenter Information

Veronica ChengFollow

Faculty Mentor

Robert Oventile

Start Date

17-11-2018 3:00 PM

End Date

17-11-2018 5:00 PM

Location

CREVELING 31

Session

POSTER 3

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

As technology progresses, the way people read news has switched from traditional journalism to social media. In fact, “as of 2012, online news revenue surpassed print newspaper’s” (Morejon). The digital age gives individuals access to live news even before print organizations report it. Our turn to the internet for information has exposed us to many more doubtful news sources, leading us to question how trustworthy the information is.

In a time when the term “Fake News” is carelessly used, citizens start scrutinizing and raising standards for news. However, researchers have observed how students evaluate online sources and found that “many students couldn’t tell a real and fake news source apart” (Breakstone, et al). “Fake News” such as #PizzaGate further politically divides society and has even led citizens to partake in violent actions. The inability to differentiate trustworthy sources has left journalists no option but to change the way they report. Ogilvy’s 2017 Media Influence survey found that journalists “believe that better reporting [through transparency, fact-checking, and citing sources] and collaborating is necessary to trump fake news” (“2017 Global Ogilvy”).

Now, more methods to improve reporting have been implemented. For example, Wall Street Journal Editor Gerard Baker believes that “experts are beginning to use advanced technology, such as artificial intelligence, to weed out malicious or substandard content,” and “Facebook has stepped up efforts to reduce the presence of misinformation by rolling out its related articles feature” that allows users to access articles on the same topic (Risi). As skepticism for “fake news” rises, it is important for organizations to refine their methods in order to regain the public’s trust. It is also imperative for teachers to help their students, from elementary to college, realize how to choose credible sources.

Summary of research results to be presented

Journalists must improve their current methods of reporting to re-establish credibility since individuals are now exposed to thousands of news sources without questioning reliability.

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The Effects of Fake News

CREVELING 31

As technology progresses, the way people read news has switched from traditional journalism to social media. In fact, “as of 2012, online news revenue surpassed print newspaper’s” (Morejon). The digital age gives individuals access to live news even before print organizations report it. Our turn to the internet for information has exposed us to many more doubtful news sources, leading us to question how trustworthy the information is.

In a time when the term “Fake News” is carelessly used, citizens start scrutinizing and raising standards for news. However, researchers have observed how students evaluate online sources and found that “many students couldn’t tell a real and fake news source apart” (Breakstone, et al). “Fake News” such as #PizzaGate further politically divides society and has even led citizens to partake in violent actions. The inability to differentiate trustworthy sources has left journalists no option but to change the way they report. Ogilvy’s 2017 Media Influence survey found that journalists “believe that better reporting [through transparency, fact-checking, and citing sources] and collaborating is necessary to trump fake news” (“2017 Global Ogilvy”).

Now, more methods to improve reporting have been implemented. For example, Wall Street Journal Editor Gerard Baker believes that “experts are beginning to use advanced technology, such as artificial intelligence, to weed out malicious or substandard content,” and “Facebook has stepped up efforts to reduce the presence of misinformation by rolling out its related articles feature” that allows users to access articles on the same topic (Risi). As skepticism for “fake news” rises, it is important for organizations to refine their methods in order to regain the public’s trust. It is also imperative for teachers to help their students, from elementary to college, realize how to choose credible sources.