The More You Know: Media and Power

Case Studies from UW Bothell Media & Communication Studies

Fight between Journalism and Fake News.

My individual case study in my group project is talking about the truth in Journalism as a combat for fake news. It divides by three key points, current journalistic standards, current tactics to fight fake news, and future evolving tactics. According to a social media online article, “What is fake news? How to spot it and What you can do to stop it,” it shows to me there are two kinds of fake news. The first one is the news is true but is not up-to-date. The second one is the news is up-to-date, but the content is inaccurate.

In this case, the solution that people may apply to solve and reduce fake news is by publishing true news on the public platform. By inference, I choose one book called “The Stewart/ Colbert effect Essays On the Real Impacts of Fake News.” edited by Amarnath Amarasingam. In this book, the ultimate function of spoofing news is confined to entertainment, and it seems impossible to imagine the “meaningful” message about politics and current affairs to the audience as a real news program. The article maintained that people who often watch the “Stuart daily show” much more likely to join political activities, including political topics to discuss and participate in campaign activities. The book also shows that malicious news’s audiences are more pronounced in groups with lower levels of education, and the researchers believe that the high coverage of malicious news can help the audience at all levels of education to narrow the cognitive differences in current affairs. These all of information show that fake news has huge impact on our society. Therefore, the relationship between the journalism and the fake news is that journalism should be the solution for reducing the amount of fake news. Because journalism must regulate and publish real and up-to-date news content to the public.

The article that I choose is called “Media panel: Combat ‘fake news’ with real journalism.” published by By Michelle Dillon Times West Virginian (Feb 25,2017.) This meaningful article represents the relationship between the journalism and the fake news, and also represents how they fight with each other. In other words, it is the fight between journalism and fake news. According to the article, Reed says “As a former journalist and educator, I have the say that the antidote to fake news is journalism – real news as reported by trained professionals who have a track record over time and whose work is fact checked and verified”. It directly displays the importance of journalism, which is the way to reduce the fake news. In this case, the Internet public sphere is worth more our vigilance.”The truth after era” has arrived, and driving the false news in the UK to take off the events such as Europe, and trump was elected plays a big impact.Various media reports have been accused of false news, and political bigwigs have said the truth has ceased to exist. Such an era, which seeks a certain truth based has become the consensus of the civil society is facing enormous challenges. Furthermore, according to the article, “Mikkelson said that limiting what people see or read is not a good solution to fake news.Some concrete steps that can be taken to deal with fake news include getting advertising providers to crack down on the egregious fake news.” Therefore, one useful way to deal with the fake news is using advertising to solve fake news issue, which uses social media to make more and more people know how fake news may affect our society negatively.



This picture directly shows us how fake news happened in our society. The left one shows the “I’m back from the dead. For two years I was a Zombie.” In this case, we all know that there is no chance for a human becomes a zombie. On the other hand, the right one said: “space creature survived UFO crashed in Arkansas.” It refers some fake news are using UFO for getting attention from the audiences. According to the reading: propaganda is more of a political tool that is used to change the status quo of a political state by influencing the minds of the people (Stanley 138). Moreover, it is a technique that captures and changes people’s perspectives rather than an illustration of the truth (Stanley Stanley 15). Stanley also noticed that fake news is one important element of the propaganda, which is running an important role for the social media.


Work Credits:

Amarnath Amarasingam. The Stewart/Colbert Effect Essays on the Real Impacts of Fake News. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland &, 2011. Web.

Stanley, Jason. “The Problem of Propaganda” in How Propaganda Works, Princeton University Press, 2015.

West Virginian, Michelle DillonTimes. “Media panel: Combat ‘fake news’ with real journalism.” The Tribune-Democrat. N.p., 25 Feb. 2017. Web. 05 Mar. 2017.

“FAKE NEWS on the Internet — Can It Be Stopped?” K-ZAP. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Mar. 2017.

Hunt, Elle. “What is fake news? How to spot it and what you can do to stop it.” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 17 Dec. 2016. Web. 05 Mar. 2017.

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