In this podcast we catch up with Dr. Claire Wardle, who visited the SOJC as a Demystifying Media guest lecturer in 2016 to discuss how Silicon Valley was driving changes in online publishing. We were lucky to have her back in our newly renovated podcast studio to share her research on the rapidly evolving strategies that promoters of disinformation are using to influence public opinion--and what journalists can do about it.
We are also joined by Sydney Dauphinais, news director at KWVA, the 24-Hour campus radio station here at the University of Oregon.
About our guest:
Claire Wardle is the co-founder and Executive Chair of First Draft, the world’s foremost nonprofit focused on research and practice to address mis- and disinformation. In 2017 she co-authored a report for the Council of Europe entitled, Information Disorder: Toward an interdisciplinary framework for research and policymaking. Previously, she was a Research Fellow at the Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy, and also the Research Director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School.
Not only did Dr. Wardle give an incredible talk about the role of disinformation in the 2020 US election during her visit, but she also led a full-day training for students, professional journalists, and communications scholars to give them the tools to respond to this very real threat.
Learn more about the event here: https://calendar.uoregon.edu/event/disinformation_in_the_us_2020_presidential_election
Find Dr. Wardle online:
First Draft - www.firstdraftnews.org
Twitter - https://twitter.com/cward1e
LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/clairewardle/
Read the report: INFORMATION DISORDER: Toward an interdisciplinary framework for research and policy making:
0:11 - Introduction of guest and co-host
1:11 - Misinformation training
2:35 - How to report on disinformation
4:54 - Differences between misinformation, disinformation, mal-information
6:01 - Does motivation and intent matter?
7:12 - The complexity of misinformation
8:11 - Modes of disinformation on the horizon
9:27 - How has this evolved since the 2016 election?
11:03 - What should news platforms be doing?
12:51 - Why Dr. Wardle entered this field
14:01 - How journalism students can learn to fight disinformation
16:26 - How can we teach the public to be critical consumers of news information
20:05 - Sydney's takeaways from Dr. Wardle's visit
22:02 - What's next in the pipeline for Dr. Wardle
25:04 - The role that diversity plays in fighting disinformation
Read the transcript for this episode: https://www.scribd.com/document/445933460/Hearst-Demystifying-Media-Podcast-Fihting-a-New-Era-of-Disinformation-With-Claire-Wardle
Watch our video interview with Claire in the studio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYHkUWgSH6k&feature=youtu.be
Watch Claire's lecture: https://youtu.be/LvDC3QX8w1Y