It’s a bad idea for journalists to censor Trump: instead, they can help the public identify what’s true or false – David Cuillier

28 03 2020

In times of mortal strife, humans crave information more than ever, and it’s journalists’ responsibility to deliver it. But what if that information is inaccurate, or could even kill people? Read the rest of this entry »

The battle against disinformation is global – Scott Shackelford

21 03 2020

Disinformation-spewing online bots and trolls from halfway around the world are continuing to shape local and national debates by spreading lies online on a massive scale. In 2019, Russia used Facebook to intervene in the internal politics of eight African nations. Read the rest of this entry »

Coronavirus is a huge story, so journalists must apply the highest ethical standards in how they tell it – Denis Muller

13 03 2020

From an ethical perspective, covering the coronavirus story is really hard to do well. The reason for this lies in an inherent conflict between two ethical obligations: the obligation to truth-telling and the obligation not to add unjustifiably to public anxiety. Read the rest of this entry »

Australian law says the media can’t spin lies: ‘entertainment magazines’ aren’t an exception – Andrew Dodd

25 02 2020

In a recent ruling the Australian Press Council has given a signal to gossip magazines it is OK to make up and publish rubbish about people, so long as the stories aren’t “blatantly incorrect”. Read the rest of this entry »

Caroline Flack’s death is yet another reason to be angry at the way the media treats women – Beth Johnson

21 02 2020

In October 2019, a few days after World Mental Health Day, Caroline Flack, renowned television presenter and, until recently, host of ITV’s flagship show Love Island, took to Instagram to write about the pressure she felt under: Read the rest of this entry »

The Cairncross Review: It was a con – Brian Cathcart

28 01 2020

Why has the government binned the key recommendation of its own report on the future of journalism? Because it was only ever meant as a distraction. Read the rest of this entry »

Telegraph’s new tactic: will offering a Fitbit be enough to attract new readers? – Mary Williams

25 01 2020

The news that UK printed newspapers are continuing to lose circulation comes as no surprise, extending – as it does – a trend that has been gathering pace for two decades after digital media began to cannibalise print sales. Read the rest of this entry »

Disinformation, data verification and social media – Ben Wagner and Lubos Kuklis

16 01 2020

What you don’t know can’t hurt you: this seems to be the current approach for responding to disinformation by public regulators across the world. Nobody is able to say with any degree of certainty what is actually going on. Read the rest of this entry »