One of the hottest areas of research right now is on misinformation—because there's just so much to study. Since 2020, over 5,000 monographs have been published on this complex and interdisciplinary problem. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that conspiracy theories, lies, and disinformation are literally deadly. Why has this occurred, and what can be done to address it? Education is key, and many professions have an integral role to play.
Journalists and publishers can utilize recent research about misinformation to debunk counter it effectively, while also raising public awareness about this constant threat.
Scientists, publishers, journalists and other trustworthy sources are too often dismissed by bad actors as fake news; making it nearly impossible to establish a shared reality. This panel will cover the multi-faceted role journalists, librarians and publishers play in understanding and confronting misinformation, the logistics of errata, and how everyone can help elevate truth (as well as we know it) over lies.