PODCAST: Media in the post-truth era

PODCAST: Media in the post-truth eraThe victory of Donald Trump in the US Federal Election is often cited as evidence of the rise of post-truth. Photo: Matt A.J. (https://www.flickr.com/photos/cornstalker/)

 In an age where voters seem to value feelings over facts, what’s the way forward for news media companies and how should they make editorial decisions.

The idea of ‘post-truth’ has become fashionable following the surprise results of the US Election and Brexit, and the Oxford Dictionary’s decision to name it the 2016 word of the year.

We discuss what implications post-truth has for journalists and editors, what the media should do in the wake of criticism about coverage of the US election and whether truth really is on the decline in this episode of Press Play.

Featured in this episode is:

  • Darren Goodsir, editor-in-chief of The Sydney Morning Herald
  • Peter Fray, head of journalism at University of Technology, Sydney and founder of Politifact Australia
  • Alexios Mantzaris, director of the International Fact Checking Network at the Poytner Institute

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EPISODE CREDITS:

Theme: “R.A.P.”, Jazzafari 2014. Licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License.
Music: “Cylinder Six“, Chris Zabriskie 2014. Licensed under a Attribution Licence.
Music: “Divider“, Chris Zabriskie 2011. Licensed 
under a Attribution Licence.
News report: “Why Post Truth / Fact Politics is great for nationalists like UKIP, SNP & Donald Trump“, BBC.
News report: “Why ‘post-truth’ is the word of the year 2016“, Sky News, 16 November 2016.
News report: “Post-truth picked as word of the year 2016 by Oxford 
Dictionaries“, ABC News (Australia), 17 November 2016
Post-Truth is Just a Rip-Off of ‘Truthiness‘”, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, 18 November 2016.

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