Covering Politics in the Misinformation Age
On Friday 15 November, the News Impact Summit will take place in Lyon.
The media have an irreplaceable role in covering politics and the election process. This has come under pressure from increasing misinformation and distrust in politics, institutions and the media itself. Fakes are becoming deepfakes, political polarisation creates a partition in online debates and algorithms fundamentally change the creation and consumption of news. This summit will address the challenges media face related to trust and truth in the digital age. Can technology leverage or disturb the coverage of politics with reliable information? How to report facts when the idea increases that facts are subordinate to beliefs? How can the media reach out and engage with younger audiences and underprivileged communities when covering politics?
We will discuss deepfakes, bots, and improved algorithms. We will look into design thinking for tackling misinformation and how audio and video are being used to improve storytelling and take the political debate to new audiences. Fact-checkers, journalists, the media and its partners will sit together to discuss new collaborative ways to cover balanced and fair political reporting in the misinformation age.