Arlington, VA - The News Media Alliance today announced the second phase of its national campaign focused on supporting real news. Launched in March, with Inland Press Association as a partner, the campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of real news produced by trusted news organizations employing high-quality, investigative journalists.
"The first phase of the campaign set the stage on which to build an ongoing series about what we do as an industry and why it is valuable," said David Chavern, News Media Alliance President and CEO. "This next phase incorporates other associations and journalism schools to focus on the need for news literacy and will build with new messages being rolled out over the course of the next three months."
“Inland and its members believe the #SupportRealNews campaign underscores the vital role newspapers, of all sizes, play in providing the fair, verifiable, and accurate news of their communities" added Tom Slaughter, Executive Director of Inland. "This role is more critical today than ever before to combat the cancer of fake news.”
The campaign calls on the public to support real news by using trusted news sources produced by trained journalists. These journalists adhere to a code of ethics that requires them to report all sides of a story, even the aspects with which they don't agree. The campaign also provides links to third-party resources to help consumers learn how to tell if a news source is credible.
"With the digitization of news, it can be very difficult to tell real news from fake news; they can look identical. That's why it's important to know the red flags to look out for that may indicate a story is not real. We want to help people with that," said Michael MaLoon, News Media Alliance VP, Innovation.
Following the success of the initial launch, the campaign's list of partner organizations has grown from three to 11. Partners of the campaign now include:
The Alliance has developed new digital, social and print resources to promote the new campaign, including a new print and digital ad to run in print and online news publications. There is a new page, which is featured in the new ads -- www.newsmediaalliance.org/isitrealnews -- whe consumers can access a list of programs, articles, tips and other resources on evaluating news for authenticity. The Alliance website also offers a new print and digital ad, a new social media profile badge and a new op-ed by Chavern.
The Alliance will host a Facebook Live event at 2 p.m. EDT October 3. The event will feature a panel discussing news literacy and will include a Q&A with viewers during the live event.
"This is a campaign that anyone who cares about quality journalism can get behind. We hope that through our efforts, the public will know what to look for when evaluating sources and will always use a trusted, respected source for their news," Chavern said.
For more information, visit www.newsmediaalliance.org/supportrealnews.