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Moment of Change: Challenges and Opportunities When Covering Hate Speech and Mis/Disinformation   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Executive Summary: "Since the 2016 U.S. presidential election, news coverage of hate speech and mis/ disinformation has skyrocketed. What was once a sleepy beat led by freelancers and activists has become a central topic of coverage for almost every news organization. As the news cycle is transformed by coverage of the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic and coverage of the 2020 presidential election ramps up, this beat is again at a critical juncture. To better understand the challenges and changes associated with this inflection point, we conducted 10 in-depth interviews with prominent journalists covering this beat. These interviews underscore critical debates in the field about platform accountability, the news agenda and news organizations' infrastructure and support systems."

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2020-06
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Media Laboratory
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MIT Media Lab, Center for Civic Media: https://civic.mit.edu/
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