Misinformation Becoming Increasingly Challenging For Journalists

Published: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 2:36pm
Updated: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 2:43pm
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Alexios Mantzarlis

Fake news entered the vernacular during last year’s presidential campaign — seemingly as a default from then-candidate Donald Trump when he disagreed with some aspect of coverage he was receiving.

And its presence — both as a phrase and as a way to pass the time — has only grown online.

One of the latest doses of misinformation was evident in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shootings, with speculation about the shooter ranging from supposed connections to Antifa or communism or ISIS.

None of those has been proven true to this point.

Misinformation has become increasingly challenging for journalists, who have had to reprioritize in certain situations.

We learned more about that from Alexios Mantzarlis, director of the International Fact-Checking Network at the Poynter Institute.

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