Mi., 14. Apr.


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Fake News – No More? Disinformation and Fact-Checking in US Media

Virtual discussion AmerikaHaus NRW in cooperation with this year’s Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program for Young Professionals run by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

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Fake News – No More? Disinformation and Fact-Checking in US Media

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14. Apr. 2021, 19:00

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The spread of disinformation has increased significantly over the past years, and so have its countermeasures: among them fact-checking. While the phenomenon of disinformation is often linked to specific events or media formats, it is a long-term development, with underlying structural forces that have shaped the US media system for years: resulting in an increasing segmentation of audiences, a fragmentation of the media landscape, and today’s highly polarized US society. While all of this poses a severe challenge to traditional journalism, “fact-checking” has emerged as an effective weapon to counter disinformation. Together with our experts, we will discuss this development from a journalistic and an academic perspective – with a focus on the US, but through a transatlantic lens.

Angie Drobnic Holan

Editor-in-chief of PolitiFact, 2009 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting

Prof. Dr. Curd Knüpfer

Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin's John F. Kennedy Institute and Associated Researcher at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society

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