The Washington Post's interview with Paul Horner about his fake-news empire makes for concerning reading. Despite now saying that he thinks that he helped swing the US election Trump's way, that was not his intention. Instead he blames people for being "dumber" and not fact-checking before sharing his hoax stories.
"Both my friends in media and at Facebook are wrong about aspects of the post-election fake-news firestorm. Each is refusing to admit its own culpability and as a result they are missing the opportunity to work together and improve the situation."
As always, I look forward to hearing your thoughts.
Tom Law, EJN Director of Campaigns and Communications
Next Generation News Experience
"All publishers are at a crossroads, whether they want to admit it or not. They are left with a simple choice: either lead the charge to redefine journalism and their products, or become mere content providers for external platforms, making them the de facto publishers of our time. To put this in Matrix terms I know my tech peers can relate to, publishers need to choose between the red pill or the blue pill." - Espen Sundve VP Product Management at Schibsted.
Guidelines for ethical media audits: Send us your feedback
The EJN is undertaking a series of internal audits with media outlets from South East Europe and Turkey to address a number of challenging questions, such as how does your media company protect its editorial independence and respect national and international labour standards. Issues of collective bargaining and gender equality as well as provision of health and life insurance to vulnerable staff members are also being tackled.
The EJN took part in an Associação para a Cooperação Entre os Povos discussion on ‘Media and Development’ in partnership with the Gulbenkian Foundation on 16 November 2016. Chris Elliott, a trustee of the EJN and former readers’ editor of The Guardian, spoke about the role of quality journalism and media development in democracy.