Trust Consortium News

CJC scholars and Centers explore misinformation and vaccine hesitancy, how AI-base recommendation engines can reinforce vaccine misinformation, and strategies to increase the publics’ confidence in COVID-19 vaccines.

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Posted: February 14, 2021

The destructive spread of misinformation and continued attacks on news media credibility has fostered a crisis in trust. To address this, the University in 2019 committed $1.25 million to launch the Consortium on Trust in Media and Technology as one of its eight “moonshot” initiatives.

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Posted: January 29, 2021

The University of Florida today announced a $2 million commitment from UF alumni Linda and Ken McGurn to establish the McGurn Fellowship Program for Media Integrity and the Fight Against Disinformation. The gift will fund fellowships at the UF College of Journalism and Communications, the Levin College of Law and…

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Posted: January 25, 2021

Dr. Jieun Shin discusses her research on algorithms, AI and the spread of misinformation.

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Posted: January 10, 2021

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Public Relations Assistant Professors Jay Hmielowski and Myiah Hutchens are the co-authors of a blog “Conservatives Are More Likely Than Liberals to Exist in a Media Echo Chamber” posted on the London School of Economics US Centre’s blog on American Politics and…

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Posted: December 23, 2020

Claims of fake news has infiltrated the national consciousness and rhetoric. The widespread use of the term have caused a distrust with American media. This study explored how an individual’s news sources and consumption may affect their perceived ability to differentiate what news is real and what news is fake.

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Posted: December 22, 2020

The University of Florida today announced that news industry veteran Janet Coats has been named Managing Director of the Consortium on Trust in Media and Technology (CTMT), a multidisciplinary initiative launched to understand the dynamics that have undermined the trustworthiness of content and information disseminated via technology. Coats has been…

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Posted: December 17, 2020

Myiah Hutchens, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Public Relations assistant professor, will be speaking at the virtual Institute for Public Relations (IPR) Research Symposium on  “Expletives and Echo Chambers: Unpacking and Improving Political Communication” on Dec. 2 at 3:55 p.m. The online event is free and open…

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Posted: December 2, 2020

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Public Relations Assistant Professors Jay Hmielowski and Myiah Hutchens are quoted in “In Volusia, Many Trump Supporters Still Refuse to Believe Biden Won” published in The Daytona Beach News Journal on Nov. 16. The article focuses on why people believe that Donald…

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Posted: November 18, 2020

Can star ratings for political content on platforms like Amazon alter our feelings towards others with similar or opposing political preferences? When we see ratings that disagree with our own, are we more likely to believe the ratings are manipulated? New research indicates that exposure to counter-attitudinal ratings contribute to polarization.

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Posted: October 14, 2020

Myiah Hutchens, Public Relations Department assistant professor, was interviewed on Sept. 22, 2020 about her research on political communication and trust in news.

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Posted: October 8, 2020

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Public Relations Assistant Professors Jay Hmielowski and Myiah Hutchens are the co-authors of a blog “Why Trying to Break People Out of the Echo Chambers Might Be Counterproductive” posted on the London School of Economics US Centre’s blog on American Politics and…

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Posted: October 5, 2020