Fake News

Andrew Selepak, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications director of the online Master’s program with a specialization in social media, was featured in “How Dangerous is President Trump’s ‘Fake News’ Rhetoric” published on HuffingtonPost.com on July 22. Selepak comments on the rise of non-traditional online “news sources” and…

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Posted: July 24, 2017

by Frank Waddell After the proliferation of fake news during the 2016 election cycle, the journalism field has come to a grim realization: Accuracy is no longer necessary for news to reach a broad audience. This is particularly problematic on social media, where traditional journalistic functions such as gatekeeping aren’t…

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Posted: June 29, 2017

Research & Insights

Why People Share Fake News

By Paul Mena Fake news is nothing new. Discussions about “fake news” can be traced back for more than a century. However, it is clear that after the shocking rise of false news stories on social media during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, there has been a growing concern about…

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Posted: June 28, 2017

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications doctoral student Paul Mena will join a panel of educators for a MediaShift Twitter conversation on June 28 at 1 p.m. The discussion will focus on what steps educators are taking now to inform, prepare and inspire the next generation of journalists…

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Posted: June 28, 2017

By Clay Calvert President Donald Trump’s fondness for criticizing news organizations, “heckling journalists” and spouting points of public policy via his Twitter account is clear. News of his nomination of Christopher Wray to be the next FBI director, for example, came by tweet. His tweets carry the stamp of government…

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Posted: June 27, 2017

By Rich Shumate Imagine opening your morning newspaper (itself a novelty these days) and finding a story about, not just life, but entire civilizations on another planet, attributed to one of the world’s foremost astronomers. Would you believe it, or might you suspect that some “alternative facts” had found their…

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Posted: June 21, 2017

By Austin Vining The federal government recently established a department tasked with identifying truth. Department officials search for errors in news, entertainment, the arts and books and fix them — all according to what they believe to be true. While this scenario plays out in George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” it’s…

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Posted: June 21, 2017

By Tom Kelleher You would know the difference between a “real” news story and a story written for or by an advertiser, right? Especially when a story is labeled “advertisement” right there at the top of your screen. Even if that label was something murkier like “BrandVoice” and pushed down…

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Posted: June 8, 2017

Tom Kelleher, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Advertising Department chair, and Richard Shumate, UFCJC doctoral student and former CNN news editor, have published articles in MediaShift focusing on fake news on May 30 and May 18, respectively. Kelleher is the author of the May 30 article “What…

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Posted: May 30, 2017

“Austin Vining: Ministry of Truth a Looming Danger” was published in The Gainesville Sun on April 27. Vining, a graduate research fellow with the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, is a former reporter for The Vicksburg Post. Vining comments…

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Posted: May 19, 2017

By Clay Calvert The aftermath of Donald J. Trump’s stunning victory over Hillary Clinton brought with it much handwringing in news media circles and on social media platforms about the dangers of fake news. Some blame fake news for causing Clinton’s defeat, with the erstwhile candidate herself calling it “an epidemic.” But there’s…

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Posted: March 13, 2017

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project Director Clay Calvert’s article, “Fake News, Censorship & the Third-Person Effect: You Can’t Fool Me, Only Others!” was published in The Huffington Post on Feb. 16. Calvert claims there is a major paradox when it comes…

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Posted: February 17, 2017