Young Journalists Have Heard Enough About "Fake News" - 2019-09-06
Discourse about contemporary journalism has become incredibly, awfully stale. Since starting j-school in 2016, I've attended many journo lectures and panel discussions, and more often than not, the conversation gets shifted to fake news or Donald Trump and stays there.
Speakers at journalism conferences and instructors at journalism schools are hyper-focused on a presumed proliferation of fake news. This is detrimental to both the training of j-school students and the ongoing education of journalists.
The discourse is tired. The takes are frigid. There's no levity, no insight, no solutions. Student journalists are stuck in an endless cycle of listening to old boys tell us how awful and dramatic the media landscape is now.