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Disinformation and the Decline of Democracy: Practical Things Journalists Can Do

The increasing prevalence of disinformation and misinformation are negatively impacting democratic processes, as voter education declines, civic distrust deepens and partisan divides grow. Against this landscape, journalists have tools at their disposal to fight against disinformation and to mitigate misinformation. Panelists will review the extent of the disinformation problem, provide examples of disinformation’s impacts on democratic processes and offer recommendations for what journalists can do to strengthen the democracy on which the foundation of a free press depends.