Countering Misinformation: Tips for Journalists (Columbia Journalism Review)


Brendan Nyhan, an assistant professor of government, recently co-authored the report “Misinformation and Fact-checking: Research Findings from Social Science,” which offers journalists techniques to counter political misinformation.

In a Columbia Journalism Review article adapted from the report, Nyhan and his co-author Jason Reifler urge journalists to “get the story right the first time.”

Citizens and journalists alike,” they write, “are concerned that the prevalence of misinformation in our politics may pollute democratic discourse, make it more difficult for citizens to cast informed votes, and limit their ability to participate meaningfully in public debate. … Many political myths are difficult to correct once they become established.”

Read the full story, published 3/29/12 by Columbia Journalism Review

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