Journalists vs. Fake News: How should they be an active part in Digital Citizenship?

The role of journalists is key in helping to meet the challenges of fake news. Are they fulfilling their role and are they being responsible digital citizens?

Links, chains, images, videos and a variety of content with false information are distributed daily, which at the end of the day only harms society and confuses citizens. What to believe? Who to believe?

According to the study Digital Iceberg, By Kaspersky in conjunction with the market research consultancy Corpa, 70% of Latin Americans do not know how to detect or are not sure to recognize on the Internet between false and true news. In the case of Colombia, the percentage of users who do not know this information reaches 73%. Even 14% of the people consulted in the country are completely unaware of the term false news (Fake News).

The Digital Citizenship guidelines invite you to follow reliable sources, the media and journalists, with recognition and whose journalistic practice supports them. However, false information also circulates in the media, creating an atmosphere of mistrust. And this is not negotiable for journalists, whose main value is precisely the trust they generate between people. That is why we brought together journalists from Colombia, to analyze the effects of fake news and how to combat them:

  • Claudia palacios: Social communicator and journalism at the Javeriana University, she has worked in media such as CM & Noticiero, Canal Caracol, CNN in Spanish, W radio, Canal Capital, City TV and El Tiempo TV. Throughout her career, she has served as a reporter, presenter, director, and columnist.

She is the author of the books '¿Te Vas o Te Quedas?', Which brings together 30 stories of migrants; 'Forgive the Unforgivable', with a hundred chronicles and interviews with former victims and former victims of the armed conflict in Colombia; Y 'Female witches', with 83 interviews with Colombian women and with which he won the Bogotá Journalists Circle award for best book of the year.

  • Hernández-Mora Health: Graduated from the Faculty of Journalism at the Complutense University of Madrid, with a Master's Degree in Broadcasting Journalism from the University of New York. He is currently a columnist for the Semana Magazine and a Colombian correspondent for the Spanish newspaper 'El Mundo'.
  • Camila Zuluaga: Journalist, with a master's degree in Public Administration. She has been a reporter and radio and television presenter in media such as RED Más Noticias, W Radio and, currently, on Blu Radio. She was the winner of the journalism award from the Bogotá Journalists 'Circle (CPB) in 2012 in the category' Revelation journalist of the year 'and in 2015 she received the Simón Bolívar National Journalism Award in the category of best news on radio for her work' Public Robbery and private of the UNP '.
  • Ricardo Galán: Journalist with an extensive career. He has worked in the newspaper La Prensa de Bogotá, CM & News, Radionet News Network, Semana, Dinero, Arcadia, 4 legs and Personal Finance magazines. He served as Press Secretary of the Presidency of Colombia and director of the National Television Commission. Winner of the National Journalism Award (CPB), founder and director of Libreta de Apuntes Noticias, he is currently the director of the RCN Noticias opinion platform.

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