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Chart of the week: How public and journalists' views on the media's duties diverge Journalists have an exact idea of the civic duties their trade must fulfil. But as a survey by the Media Insight Project found, these ideas are diverging from the public opinion of a journalist’s duties. Even though the news caste and the public can agree that the news landscape shall remain neutral, be fair to every side and shall check facts, it’s the journalist’s exclusive opinion that they must act as a watchdog for those in power and provide different ways to interpret a certain topic. However, these duties are of lower priority to the public.
Chart of the week: Trust in platforms vs journalism Worldwide, seven out of ten respondents worry that fake news or false information could be used as a weapon. Also, 59 per cent say that it is getting harder to tell if a piece of news was produced by a respected media organisation. Overall, media has lost some trust, however, according to the Edelman Trust Barometer Report, journalism (i.e. traditional media and online-only media) is regaining some trust in comparison with platforms, understood as search engines and social media (such as Google, YouTube, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) Trust in journalism jumped five points year-over-year while trust in platforms dipped two points. However, one major problem is that the boundaries between these forms of media are blurring. “Some people consider platforms to be part of ‘the media’ — including social media (48 per cent) and search engines (25 per cent) — alongside journalism (89 per cent), which includes publishers and news organisations.” Most likely, the fall-off of trust in social and search, and of the credibility of peer communication, are contributing to the overall decline of trust in media, according to Edelman. https://www.edelman.com/trust-barometer
FIPP World Congress 2017 speaker presentation: Ellen Mayer, Hearken Unleashing the power of 360° audience engagement to build your journalism brand
DIS2017 speaker presentation: Andrew Losowsky, The Coral Project How to get your community back from Facebook
Chart of the week: Views on 'fake news' 'Fake news' is all over the news. Not just because some observers think that media organisations have a habit of spreading things that don't represent the real world. Also, because the media of course is pretty worried about its standing with the general public, who it (for the most part) tries to inform to the best of its abilities. As our chart shows, most British people taking part in a recent YouGov survey (https://yougov.co.uk/news/2017/03/23/what-counts-fake-news/) think that organisations who deliberately spread things that aren't true are engaged with 'fake news'. On the other hand those organisations that are perceived to be honest but have a clear political viewpoint or agenda cannot be counted as spreading 'fake news'. The lesson to be learnt here is that you shouldn't label news organisations 'fake news' just because they convey views that you dislike. This applies to the general public but should especially be heeded by influential people in the limelight.
DIS2017 speaker presentation: Wolfgang Zehrt These are the scenarios where automated journalism wins
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