Special Issue "Beyond Fake News and Fact-Checking: The Political, Social and Technological Consequences of the Battle Against Misinformation and Disinformation"
A special issue of Journalism and Media (ISSN 2673-5172).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (17 December 2021) | Viewed by 11955
Interests: political communication; government communication
Interests: the intersection of news and social media; misinformation and media literacy; the use of data and data visualization in journalism and communications; issues of policy relating to news and social media platforms
Interests: journalism; online journalism
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Disinformation is not only damaging to people's individual lives, health and finances but to democracy as a whole. The crisis that originated from the COVID-19 pandemic has fuelled the debate on the public need to protect ourselves against the spread of unfounded rumours and false news. Against a backdrop of tension and collective fear, these factors can seriously erode our social stability, peaceful coexistence and the foundations on which Western democracies are built.
In this sense, the task of fact-checking journalism stands as the cornerstone for social accountability. It is a defining feature of the nature of a society’s trust in governments and institutions, as well as citizens’ rights.
The number of people who mistake false news for that which is veracious during election time is on the rise. Also becoming more prevalent are the social and governmental concerns regarding fake news and its harmful effects on public opinion, as well as on institutional trust and the quality of democracy, as external interference and intoxication impinge upon the electoral processes of various countries.
Disinformation, rumours and fake news have become commonplace in digital media, making it very difficult to disseminate compensatory information at a similar rate. This is yet another consequence of the growing popularisation of computation, automation and algorithmic segmentation. These phenomena influence the production and life cycle of news, within the so-called attention economy, compromising citizen’s ability to form free and informed opinions.
This economic competition for attention is added to the already existing pressure on production rates in the newsrooms, as journalists are expected to meet urgent deadlines, publish alerts and make hurried updates. This makes comparisons and fact-checking an extremely difficult task.
Themes to be addressed in this Special Issue of Journalism and Media:
- Digital communication and processes
- Communication, politics and technology. The other pandemic: disinformation and misinformation in the age of coronavirus.
- Fact-checking experiences in Europe and Latin America at the service of journalism: a comparative perspective
- Persuasion and emotion: language and content analysis, and artificial intelligence
- Freedom of speech, ethics and transparency in digital society
- Digital social media
- Software, big data, data mining and intelligent systems. Automation, bots and algorithms.
- Miscellaneous (journalism, communication, advertising and public relations, political science and other aspects of social and human sciences derived from information and communication technologies).
Prof. Dr. José Rúas Araujo
Dr. John P. Wihbey
Dr. Daniel Barredo-Ibáñez
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- political communication
- social media