Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Trust in News

Last week there was the Trust in News conference, part of the Trusted News initiative. It seems like the output that you can watch (on the BBC website, link below) consists of four panels lasting about 40-55 minutes each (plus a 6 minute highlight video). The panels are:
- The view from the frontline ("Jon Sopel, BBC North America Editor is joined by BBC Director General, Tim Davie and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism")
- Fact checking masterclass ("Jon Sopel, BBC North America Editor is joined by: Maria Clara Pestre, Brazil-based fact checker for AFP, will reveal the challenges she faces when trying to fact check politicians, including President Jair Bolsonaro; Hazel Baker, Head of UGC Newsgathering, Reuters, explains how debunking takes time, and also shares the critical questions to ask if you’re asked to fact check under pressure; Peter Mwai, Kenya-based journalist for BBC Reality Check.")
- Young people: The first line of defence (apparently "When misinformation enters the home, it’s often down to the young people to separate fact from fiction, to keep their relatives safe." "Philippa Thomas, Chief Presenter for BBC News is joined by: Ankur Garg, Country Director Indonesia, BBC Media Action talks about the success of using fast fiction, radio drama to inform audiences across Indonesia; Abbie Richards, Science communicator and Tik Tok creator. Her videos about disinformation and Q Anon have gone viral, seen by millions on different social platforms. She’ll explain how to create relatable content for younger audiences.")
- The tech giants’ role ("BBC Technology Correspondent, Rory Cellan-Jones is joined by: Ben McOwen Wilson, Regional Director, YouTube EMEA and MD YouTube UK and Ireland; Markus Reinisch , VP Public Policy, Facebook EMEA; Sinéad McSweeney, VP for Public Policy in Europe, Twitter EMEA and MD Twitter Dublin")

Additionally on the Beyond Fake News/ Trusted News page which hosts these videos are a number of vieos and advice articles about fake news, disinformation etc., in particular stressing the role and value of journalism and media literacy. Go to

Photo by Sheila Webber: Blackthorn & gorse on the heath, March 2021 (in fact the blackthorn blossom is already fading, after a week...)

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