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Epistemologies of digital journalism and the study of misinformation

Journal article
Authors Mats Ekström
Seth C. Lewis
Oscar Westlund
Published in New Media and Society
Volume 22
Issue 2
Pages 205-212
ISSN 1461-4448
Publication year 2020
Published at Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG)
Pages 205-212
Language en
Keywords Digital journalism, epistemology, fact-checking, fake news, knowledge, misinformation, news journalism, social media, sourcing
Subject categories Media and Communications


© The Author(s) 2019. Journalists’ epistemological activities—presumed to provide factual and reliable public information—have made journalism one of the most influential knowledge-producing institutions in society. However, changes—both slow and sudden—related to the digitization of news media and the diffusion of misinformation are challenging the social role and authority of journalism. This special issue advances research in two emerging sub-fields: (1) epistemologies of digital journalism and (2) the study of misinformation. This editorial presents an introduction to the sub-fields and a summary of the nine papers included in the special issue.

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