Social media users are more likely to believe bunk COVID facts

People who get most of their news from social media are more likely to have misperceptions about COVID-19, a new study shows.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill • futurity
July 30, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: social-media covid-19 internet journalism society-and-culture health-and-medicine

Opposing climate change action gets more news coverage

"The way climate change has been covered in the media could help us understand why there's so much public disengagement on this issue."

Jill Kimball-Brown • futurity
July 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change journalism bias earth-and-environment

Even videos of police killings can be traumatic

"...we are already mistrustful of law enforcement, watching police kill individuals who look like us or members of our families is traumatic."

Maud Alobawone-Rutgers • futurity
July 17, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: anxiety journalism trauma featured society-and-culture health-and-medicine police-officers race-and-ethnicity

5 tips for coping with COVID-19 stat overload

Overwhelmed by all the COVID-19 statistics in the news? Here are five tips from data scientists for handling the glut of information.

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
July 15, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 statistics journalism data-science featured health-and-medicine

2016 election prompts big question about role of journalists

The 2016 election has forced an ethical examination of the role of journalists: Are they neutral disseminators of information, or impassioned advocates for truth?

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
June 23, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: ethics journalism united-states democracy society-and-culture elections us-presidents

Fake news may increase trust in government

While consuming online misinformation cuts trust in mainstream news media, for some, it actually boosts trust in the federal government.

Megan Schumann-Rutgers • futurity
June 19, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: politics internet journalism trust society-and-culture

How to defend yourself from COVID-19 myths and lies

Experts offer guidelines and tools to keep you from falling prey to COVID-19 myths and lies, including those in doctored videos and memes.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
May 11, 2020 ~15 min

Tags: social-media covid-19 journalism featured health-and-medicine

People think ‘fake news’ works more on others

The "third-person effect" may account for why people think they aren't as influenced by fake news as other people, researchers say.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
April 8, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: social-media business internet journalism society-and-culture beliefs

How news can avoid boosting fake facts and dangerous views

Journalists face a conundrum when covering disinformation, propaganda, and hacked info. A new guide can help avoid amplifying junk.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
April 5, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: journalism society-and-culture

There’s room to improve A.I. news coverage

Artificial intelligence news coverage, particularly around the ethics of AI, could use a few tweaks, a new analysis of media outlets indicates.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
April 3, 2020 ~1 min

Tags: ethics journalism bias algorithms artifical-intelligence science-and-technology

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