Show your work: The new terms for trust in journalism Via PressThink a project of the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, is written by Jay Rosen. 11 ways to use transparency as "the primary means of trust production."
Changing Behavior Through Education
We can empower students and readers through education/advocacy about the need for truth in politics, and the efforts to use fake news to destabilizer our democracy, so that they change the way they engage with news, and take steps to verify what they read and share:
From Towards a Post-Lies Future: Fighting "Alternative Facts" and "Post-Truth" Politics by Gleb Tsipursky in The Humanist.
Since ancient Greece, truth in politics has been vital for a democracy to function properly. Citizens need to care about and know the reality of political affairs, at least in broad terms, to make wise decisions regarding which politicians and policies to support. Otherwise, what reason do politicians have to care about serving the true interests of the citizenry? They can simply use emotional manipulation and lies to procure and stay in power, paving the way for corruption and authoritarianism
Indeed, truth in politics is a common good just like clean air and water, and the pollution of truth will devastate our political system just as environmental pollution devastates our planet and our physical health. Fortunately, we can learn from the successes of the environmental movement. It started with small groups of motivated and informed people engaging in sustained education and advocacy. As a result of these efforts, regular citizens increasingly changed their everyday behavior through recycling, repurposing, and composting, while politicians passed pro-environmental legislation such as the Clean Air Act
The protruth movement will require early advocates to act from the same kind of marginalized political position as early environmental activists, fighting both against the political status quo and the tendency of our brains toward lazy thinking.
TrustedNews a Chrome app that helps you spot Fake News.
The Open Mind chrome extension web extension designed to combat fake news and political polarization, using cognitive science and machine learning.
To fight fake news, Facebook will be "collaborating with news organizations to develop products, learning from journalists about ways we can be a better partner, and working with publishers and educators on how we can equip people with the knowledge they need to be informed readers in the digital age."
Eli Pariser, the co-founder of Upworthy and author of The Filter Bubble has created a Google Doc to crowdsource Design Solutions for Fake News.
The Filter Bubble is Eli Pariser's theory that personalization on websites and social media we use, creates a filter bubble sending us only information, news and suggestions that confirm our views and likes, and distancing us from other information.
Tools to pop your filter bubble from The Simple Psychological Trick to Political Persuasion, The Atlantic:
The News Integrity Initiative at the CUNY J-School is a $14 million fund supporting efforts to connect journalists, technologists, academic institutions, non-profits, and other organizations from around the world to foster informed and engaged communities, combat media manipulation, and support inclusive, constructive, and respectful civic discourse.
The fund is seeded with grants from a coalition of partners, which currently include Facebook, Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund, Ford Foundation, AppNexus, Knight Foundation, Tow Foundation, Betaworks, Mozilla, and Democracy Fund.
Check the links below:
Latest research on fake news and the spread of misinformation - from Journalist's Resource from Harvard Shorenstein Center
Real news about fake news - from NiemanLab
Community Engagement & Social Journalism
According to Carrie Brown-Smith, Social journalism director at Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY: Social journalism is about finding new ways to serve communities. To recast journalism as a service that helps communities meet their goals and solve problems.Listening to a community: understanding and empathizing with its needs and learning how to help a community share its own knowledge.
Here's Carrie's list of Best Resources on Community Engagement and Social Journalism.
According to Jennifer Preston, Vice President for Journalism, Knight Foundation: "Quality journalism matters...it is a buttress against the torrent of fake news we've seen explode in the past year, and it can help rebuild the diminishing trust many people have in society's core institutions...At Knight, we are supporting projects to help journalists and news organizations build trust with their audience by engaging more directly with community residents." 5 Questions For...Philanthropy News Digest