|OUTLETS AWOL AGAINST FAKE NEWS
This week’s column from The Grade takes a look at the media response to the DeVos resignation rumor, which went viral despite efforts to knock it down.
What happens next time, with a story that has more immediate impact on peoples’ lives?
Trying to knock stories down via Twitter is probably not going to work, given the size and engagement levels on Facebook and Reddit. Journalists need to use CrowdTangle and other tools to figure out how and where a story is being spread.
Also, it’s probably going to take newsroom-level action from media outlets, not just individual journalists, to make any difference. Most newsroom leaders don’t seem to consider that part of their mission, however. According to a new API report, U.S. newsrooms are ‘largely unprepared‘ to address misinformation online.
Only a couple of outlets (Chalkbeat, The 74, Morning EDU) stepped up on the DeVos resignation story. Even Education Week, the nonprofit media outlet dedicated to comprehensive coverage of K-12 education issues, was all but silent while the story was spreading across the Internet.