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Journalism and Truth in an Age of Social Media

James E. Katz and Kate K. Mays


This edited volume examines how the growth of social media and ancillary computer systems is affecting the relationship between journalism and the pursuit of truth. Experts explore how news is perceived and identified, presented to the public, and how the public responds to news. They consider social media’s effect on the craft of journalism as well as the growing role of algorithms, big data, and automatic content production regimes. The volume’s aim is to confront these issues in a way that will be of enduring relevance; the discussions about contemporary journalism inform current students a ... More

Keywords: journalism, truth, fact-checking, verification, social media, big data, digital media, interdisciplinary scholarship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190900250
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190900250.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James E. Katz, editor
Feld Professor of Emerging Media, College of Communication, Boston University

Kate K. Mays, editor
Research Assistant, College of Communication, Boston University

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1 Introduction

James E. Katz and Kate K. Mays

Part I Democracy, News, and Society

2 Belgium Invades Germany

Michael Schudson


David L. Swartz

4 Fake News

Nicole M. Krause, Christopher D. Wirz, Dietram A. Scheufele, and Michael A. Xenos

Part II Pillars of Truth in Journalism


Edward Schiappa

6 Truth in Journalism

Zeynep Soysal

Part III Craft of Journalism and Truth

8 Scoop

John Maxwell Hamilton and Heidi Tworek

9 Searching for Truth in Fragmented Spaces

Colin Agur and Valerie Belair-Gagnon

10 The Use and Verification of Online Sources in the News Production Process

Sophie Lecheler, Sanne Kruikemeier, and Yael de Haan

11 Technological Affordances Can Promote Misinformation

Maria D. Molina and S. Shyam Sundar

Part IV Reception and Perception

12 Fake News Finds an Audience

Erik P. Bucy and John E. Newhagen

13 Truth at Large

Edson C. Tandoc Jr.

15 Conclusion

Kate K. Mays and James E. Katz

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