Fake News

Ryan Welch / KSMU

All this week, we’re investigating civility and what role it plays in our community.

Today, we’re considering the news media:  what role do – or should – journalists play in encouraging civil discourse?  And what’s the state of civility in terms of how journalists themselves are treated?

Let’s tackle that one first by taking a step back and looking through a nationwide lens.

Dan Shelley
Lucie Amberg / MSU's College of Arts and Letters

Dan Shelley says when journalism is deprived of its right to report on key issues, it’s the community that suffers. The message from the executive director for the Radio Television Digital News Association, or RTDNA, and its foundation, comes amid an influx of fake news and in some cases violence against reporters.