How to Keep Misinformation from Spreading

Course Overview

How to Keep Misinformation from Spreading
This $29.95 Webinar is free thanks to the support of the New America Foundation.
Originally Broadcast On:
November 21, 2013
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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November 21, 2013 Enroll Now
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In the United States, journalists working for fact-checking websites, blogs and traditional media outlets are bringing new scrutiny to the statements made by public officials. Very little is known about the effects of this expansion in fact checking, however, or how to most effectively correct the false beliefs that misleading statements by elites often create or reinforce.

Though social science research has found that misinformation about politics and other controversial issues is often difficult to correct, some approaches to presenting corrective information are likely to be more persuasive than others. This Webinar summarizes new research in the field and presents recommendations for countering the influence of false information.

What Will I Learn:
  • What we know about factchecking’s effects – when it works, on whom, and why
  • Why traditional “he said,” “she said” reporting creates perverse incentives for politicians
  • How to more effectively counter false information and misperceptions in news stories
  • Why even skeptical coverage of misleading claims can reinforce false beliefs
Who Should Take this Course:

Journalists, bloggers and publishers involved in fact-checking outlets, and anyone interested in civic discourse.

Course Instructor:

Brendan Nyhan

Brendan Nyhan is an assistant professor in the Department of Government at Dartmouth College and a media critic for Columbia Journalism Review. Nyhan's research, which focuses on political scandal and misperceptions about politics and health care, has been published or is forthcoming in journals including the British Journal of Political Science, Political Analysis, Political Behavior, Political Psychology, Journal of Adolescent Health, Medical Care, and Social Networks.

Training Partner:

New America Foundation

The New America Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States.

New America emphasizes work that is responsive to the changing conditions and problems of our 21st century information-age economy -- an era shaped by transforming innovation and wealth creation, but also by shortened job tenures, longer life spans, mobile capital, financial imbalances and rising inequality.

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