How Professional Journalists Separate Fake News From Facts

Technology has made information more readily available than ever before, but it's also made it harder to tell fact from fiction.Charges of so-called fake news threaten to erode public trust in the media, while events such as the shootings in Las Vegas and at Sandy Hook face claims of fakery and conspiracy, accusations that find a wide audience on social media."What is true and what is not is under hot debate in this country," said Mike Wilson, editor of The Dallas Morning News. "And the ramifications are significant."Wilson's remarks were part of a panel discussion Wednesday examining press freedom and responsibility in the current social climate.The session, at the University of North Texas at Dallas, was the second of a three-part series focused on the First Amendment and freedom of speech, a free press and the right to peaceful assembly.  Continue reading...

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