About the lecture
Journalists often describe their work as a discipline of verification, but this maxim is sometimes forgotten or ignored in the case of social media. How do we explain the fact that many of the nation's top news outlets included tweets from Russia's 2016 disinformation campaign in news stories? What is it about social media posts that short-circuits journalistic processes of verification? This project finds that social media platforms have situated themselves as purveyors of legitimated content, a projection that journalists have not fully challenged and at times have abetted. Join us for a discussion about the power of platforms to legitimate speech and shape journalistic routines and journalism itself.
About Logan Molyneux
Assistant Professor Logan Molyneux is a former newspaper editor turned researcher. He studies what journalists do, especially on mobile and social media. His work provides a basis for addressing normative questions and challenges modern journalism faces.