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False News – a journalist’s perspective

‘Fake news’ is not a new concept; it dates back as far as storytelling itself - even Rameses the Great was guilty of it in 1200BC. But the speed and distribution by which false information can be spread has accelerated thanks to lowered cost of publication and distribution via the internet, and the difficulty of regulation. This presentation looks at the journalists’ perspective  – and debates the ideas of journalists as purveyors of, and defenders against fake news. It questions whether the debate around fake news could actually prove beneficial for journalists, and how they can work to ensure that audiences become aware which information they can trust, including such innovations such as First Draft, Full Fact and Dminr.  
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