The truth about fake news

The label ‘fake news’ is spreading - from bogus stories to becoming a catch-all complaint against journalism.

In this podcast the BBC’s media editor Amol Rajan asks James Ball, special correspondent at BuzzFeed News, and Mark Frankel, social media editor at BBC News, about the different meanings of 'fake news' and how journalists should respond to it.

You will learn:

  • how fake news is nothing new online
  • why recent fake political stories were created
  • how best to report about fake news stories
  • about the role of fact-checking and 'debunking' units
  • how journalists should deal with 'alternative facts'
“If we're challenging clear falsehoods we have to have something clear to say in response that hits the same audience. We've got to stop seeing complexity as a virtue.” –James Ball

Mark Frankel describes the skills journalists need to do their jobs in the current environment: a mixture of some new digital skills to analyse online content and old-fashioned journalistic skills of scepticism and attention to detail.



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