Articles tagged with: fake news
Jenni Sargent, managing director at First Draft, on language around false claims, reaching sceptical audiences and collaboration
Jenni Sargent founded First Draft in 2015 and has since been devising initiatives to support organisations that tackle the challenges of trust and truth online.
As a specialist in digital verification, she also pioneered CrossCheck, a global network that connects competing newsrooms around the world to collaboratively investigate and report misinformation.
We caught up with her to talk about the upcoming 2019 UK election, why we should stop saying ‘fake news’ and why it is not enough to watch BBC News at Six.
Q What is CrossCheck and what is it for?
CrossCheck is our flagship initiative and it is something we have been working on since January 2017, where we pioneered the first collaborative project in France. It came immediately after the 2016 election in the US and there was an appetite to identify any confusing or misleading information.
Deepfakes – doctored videos fabricating footage of what looks like real people – have been around for years. But the journalism community is now starting to take seriously their potential to damage trust in the media and democracy.
Many journalists and publishers are struggling to get to grips with blockchain.
To explain it in simple terms, blockchain is a growing list of records – called blocks – which are encrypted and linked. Each block also contains a timestamp and other information about the origin of data. By design, a blockchain is resistant to modification of the data it contains, which may come in handy when we need to protect news content from tampering or even censorship.
The countdown has begun for our 22nd digital journalism conference newsrewired, which takes place in London on Wednesday 11 July.
A handful of tickets are still available. Buy yours for just £180 +VAT.
We have a great line-up of speakers from news outlets including Reuters, BuzzFeed News, The Guardian, The BBC, The Economist, The Telegraph, Financial Times and many more.
The day will kick off with a keynote speech on maintaining credibility and trust in an age of ‘fake news’, looking at how Reuters is addressing these issues by focusing on robust reporting, maintaining independence, increasing transparency and, when they occur, correcting mistakes quickly.
Following the keynote, a panel on “slow journalism” will look at the power of stories that are not tied to the daily news cycle, and two successive talks will shed the light on why an audience-first mindset is key, and the latest findings of Reuters Institute on podcast usage in 22 countries.
After the coffee break, we will hear an expert advice on how to make podcast a success, and new ways media organisations can finance innovation.
Following the networking lunch, the conference will split into two streams until later in the day. The panel sessions will look at constructive journalism that helps counter anxiety resulting from daily negative news stories, and building successful social media communities.
The workshop will help you navigate the world of free and paid-for apps for mobile journalism and make the best use of your smartphone for reporting.