Of course, all this doesn’t mean that news organizations don’t have a responsibility to ensure that their own content is accurate, and it doesn’t mean that they should throw in the towel when it comes to correcting others. But it does mean that we know is that the orthodox journalistic approach to correcting misperceptions is ineffective, and we should be looking for a better way to accomplish the task. And if there are any strategies that might help, everyone who produces and consumes serious journalism has an interest in uncovering them. After all, the ability to convey a basic fact is not just about the outcome of any particular policy debate. As Nyhan put it, “It’s a larger question about what’s the actual effect of journalism on readers.”
08:20 AM - August 14, 2009
The Wrong Stuff
What we don’t know about how to correct misinformation
Fox News not outraged by retailers’ War on Thanksgiving - As giant stores commercialize the last holdout, Bill O’Reilly & Co. shrug
BuzzFeed’s all-positive books section - It doesn’t make sense to pledge positivity if your aim is to provide readers with critics’ takes on new books. It makes more sense if your aim is to cultivate a thriving community.
Disappointing Deadspin - It broke the Manti Te’o story, but then stopped reporting and resumed trashing
Healthcare in Great Britain vs. healthcare in the USA: part one - A conversation with Chris Smyth, health reporter for The Times of London
Asperger’s, pedophiles, and questionable motivations - A dart to the Daily Beast, for its ill-informed speculation on Adam Lanza’s psyche
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
Immune to Upworthy headlines yet?
‘Too good to check’ used to be a warning to newspaper editors not to jump on bullshit stories. Now it’s a business model
The two civil rights leaders were radicals—and they were right
Political lessons from a lifelong political activist
Timelapse of a photo-realistic painting of the actor being done on an iPad
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.