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Protecting the citizen: Political journalists as gatekeepers in the digital age.

Lilleker, D. and Thompson, S., 2022. Protecting the citizen: Political journalists as gatekeepers in the digital age. In: Morrison, J., Birks, J. and Berry, M., eds. Routledge Companion to Political Journalism. London: Routledge, 293 - 301.

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Abstract

The gatekeeping function of political journalism has never been as important. What has become known as the ‘infodemic’, the spread of spurious and false claims, has shown itself a threat to public health and well-being. Journalism is uniquely placed to reassert its role as arbiter within the information environment. We argue that professional standards must be central to the work of journalism, empowering them to ensure they determine what is news, who are the credible sources and rebalance their attention away from the loudest and most controversial voices to create a more pluralist news environment to inform and educate citizens. The Covid-19 pandemic has emphasised the problematic nature of disinformation, we argue journalists must protect citizens from being misinformed, from making unwise choices, so protecting the overall health of democracies.

Item Type:Book Section
ISBN:9780367248222
Number of Pages:470
Additional Information:Copyright Year 2022
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:36276
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:22 Nov 2021 12:14
Last Modified:22 Nov 2021 12:14

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