Paul Mena

In the era of “fake news” and “alternative facts,” it has become increasingly difficult to decipher fact from fiction on social media sites. As a result, warning labels much like those first witnessed on cigarette packages or toxic chemicals are appearing online in the hopes of curbing the dissemination of…

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Posted: August 27, 2019

Paul Mena, a University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications doctoral student, is the author of “Principles and Boundaries of Fact-Checking: Journalists’ Perceptions” published in Journalism Practice on Nov. 16. Mena reports on the outcome of his study featuring a survey examining journalists’ perceptions of fact-checking. The results showed…

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Posted: November 26, 2018

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