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Journalism in the age of President Trump

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Slides from a U.S. Government sponsored/invited Speaking Tour to Germany, seven-day tour of German-American Institutes in southern Germany (November 2017), supported by the Economic Security and Global Affairs team at the U.S. Embassy Berlin.

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Journalism in the age of President Trump

  1. 1. Damian Radcliffe > @damianradcliffe November 2017 Journalism in the age of President Trump
  2. 2. About me... many hats Carolyn S. Chambers Professor in Journalism University of Oregon Fellow, Tow Center for Digital Journalism Columbia University, Graduate School of Journalism Honorary Research Fellow Cardiff University, School of Journalism, Media and Culture Studies Fellow Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA)
  3. 3. No relation
  4. 4. 1995 – 1999: The Local Radio Company 1999 – 2003: BBC 2003 – 2008: CSV Media 2008 – 2012: Ofcom (UK Office of Communications) 2012 - 2014: ictQATAR (Ministry of Information and Communication Technology) 2012 + Freelance writing + training (Kenja Consulting) 2015+ University of Oregon Background + timeline 1995 2017
  5. 5. How did we get here? The role of the Tech and Media sectors in the 2016 election Where are we now? And how do we move forward?
  6. 6. Tech: Five contributing factors
  7. 7. 1. Fake news looks a lot like real news.
  8. 8. 2. Tech doesn’t automatically discern fact from fiction.
  9. 9. 67% of Americans get their news on social media + online sources are growing in popularity
  10. 10. 3. Algorithms show us more of what we like, not what we need to know.
  11. 11. 4. The rise of the bots.
  12. 12. 5. Tech has pulled money away from sources of real reporting.
  13. 13. 8.7% In newspaper print ads
  14. 14. The Media: five key issues
  15. 15. 1. Fewer ad dollars means fewer journalistic boots on the ground.
  16. 16. 2. Unparalleled airtime helped Trump build momentum.
  17. 17. 3. Did investigative journalism and fact-checking make a difference?
  18. 18. 4. Many journalists out of step with the mood of much of the country
  19. 19. 5.Trump’s ability to deflect attention
  20. 20. Longer term trends Have also played a role. Here’s three worth noting...
  21. 21. 1. Politics increasingly polarized
  22. 22. 2. So is our media consumption
  23. 23. 3. The Apprentice (14 series, 2004-15)
  24. 24. Where are we now? The first 10 months...
  25. 25. Clashes from Day One
  26. 26. Popularization of “Fake News”
  27. 27. The rise of “Alternative Facts”
  28. 28. “Enemy of the People”
  29. 29. “The official opposition party”
  30. 30. Latest Developments
  31. 31. 1.Tech giants under the microscope
  32. 32. “I think one of the best names is — you know, I've really started this whole 'fake news' thing. Now they've turned it around and then, now, they're calling, you know, stories put out by different — by Facebook 'fake.'” Donald Trump October 26th, 2017 2. Claiming term “Fake News”
  33. 33. 3.Manafort coverage
  34. 34. 4.Nearly half of voters do not trust mainstream media (poll 6 Nov 2017) • 48% said MSM not trustworthy • 45% of voters said they were. • 66% of democrats view the mainstream media as trustworthy • 69% of republicans say MSM is not trustworthy. Is Trump’s deliberate war on the media working?
  35. 35. Moving Forward Five areas of focus and opportunity
  36. 36. 1. Tech Sector
  37. 37. a.Twitter labeling political ads
  38. 38. b. Google News autofact checking
  39. 39. c. Plug-ins and extensions
  40. 40. 2. Changes in journalistic practice
  41. 41. a.How you call out untruths?
  42. 42. b.Do you feed the troll?
  43. 43. c.Do things differently
  44. 44. But efforts can backfire
  45. 45. 3. See the opportunity
  46. 46. a. Trump Bump
  47. 47. b. Double down on principles
  48. 48. c. Stress why journalism matters
  49. 49. Work harder than ever to be accurate
  50. 50. 4. Media literacy & research
  51. 51. a. Learn from the past
  52. 52. b. From other countries
  53. 53. c. And the present
  54. 54. 5. Look to other countries
  55. 55. Regulation Technology
  56. 56. Partnerships Education
  57. 57. Recognize this won't be easy
  58. 58. Work hard to regain trust
  59. 59. Advocates in surprising places
  60. 60. Don’t have to go it alone
  61. 61. Email: damianr@uoregon.edu Twitter: @damianradcliffe Web: damianradcliffe.com Thanks for listening

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