Itís vital to be able to trust the news, but in today's world of fragmented journalism augmented with a healthy dose of citizen journalism, misinformation is running rampant. Perhaps more disturbing is the perception that people donít care if a viral news story is accurate or not, according to a recent post at the (ironically) recently-shuttered Gigaom.com.

 


Native advertising, or sponsored content, is not a new subject to readers of our newsletter. Whether it's an opinion piece in the Guardian or a New York Times article, we have reported on the questionable practice of disguising ads as news stories. Now an article in the Columbia Journalism Review dives deeper into the problems that this type of media content create. 

 


As journalists and editors come under increasing pressure from governments over what they report and how they report it, social media and other consumer-generated reports are becoming ever more important, according to a recent post at Gigaom.com. 

 


A confluence of events, trends and the proliferation of social media have led to many recent news reports that are simply not true, but have been spread virally through the web, according to a recent story at Digiday.com. Is this a growing trend, or will it happen less often in the future, as the author suggests?

 

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