Overcoming Fake News: Media Literacy in the New Age of Politics

The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour (Original Air Date: January 22, 2020) — This week on the program, we are airing a panel on media literacy and how we can be effective consumers and sharers of news and information.

According to a Pew Research survey conducted in 2019, a majority of Americans believe that misinformation and “fake news” are causing significant damage to the country and eroding trust in its institutions. In ranking the relative size of this threat, those surveyed put misinformation higher than violent crime, climate change, racism and terrorism. The survey also found that the source of this problem was directed mainly at political figures and activists, but held journalists responsible for addressing the problem.

So to discuss this looming issue — and how to be a more critical news consumer on and offline — are Shannon McGregor, assistant professor of communication at the University of Utah; Nicole Nixon, political reporter at KUER; and Michelle Quist, columnist at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Moderating the panel is Jennifer Napier-Pearce, editor of The Salt Lake Tribune.

This forum was recorded on January 13, 2020.