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Resource ID: #1342
Subject: 217
Source: 2703Richard Greenberg, Marc Lacey, David Boardman, Monika Bauerlein
Affiliation: NBC News, The New York Times, Temple University, Mother Jones
Date: 2017



Journalists today are confronted by an unprecedented series of challenges in pursuing the truth. Prior to the 2016 presidential campaign, we were already facing online trolls and doxxing, defamation lawsuits, and leak investigations, not to mention the explosion of unfiltered, unverified postings on social media. Now, we are contending with a president and an administration that are openly antagonistic towards the media, and a large portion of the public that does not believe what we report. When administration officials talk about “alternative facts” and assail the already-damaged credibility of news organizations, how should reporters go about our jobs? In the face of all these challenges, how do we champion the truth?

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