• Schools should teach media literacy

    Open Forum     |      June 1, 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of teaching students the difference between real and fake or misleading news say the authors of a new report into news media literacy education.

  • Holding politicians to account

    Stephanie Brookes     |      May 31, 2020

    As the pandemic deepens the long-term financial woes of the news media in both Australia and the United States, it has also proved a timely reminder of the vital work of political journalism in democracies:

  • The truth is out there

    Dana McKay     |      May 8, 2020

    COVID-19 has generated an information – and misinformation – overload. But what people need are updates that are relevant, concise and don’t offer false hope.

  • Arvanitakis on American politics: Don’t believe the social media hype

    James Arvanitakis     |      May 2, 2020

    Promoting online literacy for young people and demanding social media quickly responds to fake news are worthwhile goals, but they do not deal with the underlying dissatisfaction which allows fake news to take root.

  • Recovering from “NEWS” Syndrome

    Edwin Maher     |      April 23, 2020

    COVID-19 has disrupted every aspect of our lives but our hunger for constant updates may cause more stress than reassurance. Relying on trusted sources, and turning off the news every now and then for family time can help us strike a better balance in our lives.

  • COVID-19 denial is spreading on social media

    Elise Thomas     |      April 16, 2020

    Governments and health authorities should take steps to tackle the growing pockets of coronavirus denialism within their communities, as a war against this invisible enemy cannot be won if people don’t believe it exists.

  • Why it’s so hard to fight online misinformation

    Rosalie Gillett     |      April 15, 2020

    Before sharing something, think carefully about where it came from. Verify the source and its evidence, double-check with independent other sources, and report suspicious content to the platform directly. Now, more than ever, we need information we can trust.

  • Fake news in the age of COVID-19

    Greg Nyilasy     |      April 13, 2020

    Over the last four years, “fake news” has become an everyday expression, but what effect are misinformation spread by the public and disinformation pushed by hostile states having on our perceptions of COVID-19?

  • Fake news can be fatal

    Carlo Kopp     |      March 28, 2020

    The deluge of fake news around coronavirus is a pandemic in itself, and if enough fake news consumers act upon the false beliefs or uncertainties being spread, it has the potential to be just as lethal.

  • The virus of misinformation

    Elise Thomas     |      March 28, 2020

    Chinese and Russian propaganda which skews the Coronavirus outbreak against the West is being shared and spread by Western conspiracy theorists and threatens to undermine the fight against the disease, as well as rewrite its origins to turn fact into fiction.

  • Worried yet? 5 ways to manage news consumption

    Mark Pearson     |      March 16, 2020

    Coronavirus is dominating the headlines and social media feeds, and not all the information out there is true. Relying on trusted, evidence-based sources is the best way to keep informed as the situation develops.

  • Is trolling freedom of speech?

    Jay Daniel Thompson     |      March 13, 2020

    The internet and social media offer everyone a chance to air their views, but should people’s ability to ‘troll’ others simply to stir up anger be curtailed to protect people from harm?