Conspiracy theories for journalists: Covering dubious ideas in real time

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Abstract

Both scholars and journalists should consider the positive aspects of conspiracy theories and consider that removing them from society (if such a thing could be done) may present unintended consequences. Conspiracy theories have been covered by news outlets more frequently in recent years. How should journalists address conspiracy theories? When should conspiracy theories and theorists attract news attention? What are the pitfalls that journalists need to avoid when discussing conspiracy theories? What can news outlets do more generally to curb belief in conspiracy theories? It is vitally important in democracies that news outlets be perceived as independent and trustworthy, but conspiracy theories, particularly those about the media, undermine public trust. How can new outlets regain this trust?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConspiracy Theories and the People Who Believe them
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages422-451
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9780190844073
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • Conspiracy theorist
  • Conspiracy theory
  • Fake news
  • Journalism
  • News

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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