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Resilience in Combating Misinformation: Join ONA for a virtual discussion

Learn about preventing misinformation and building audience trust during a participatory conversation

By on May 1, 2023

Update: May 22, 2023

We gathered key takeaways and resources from this event to keep the learning going.

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Join the Online News Association on Thursday, May 18, at 2 p.m. EDT (18:00 UTC) for a virtual event: Resilience in Combating Misinformation.

Journalists today face disinformation and misinformation challenges as well as the simultaneous eroding of public trust in institutions. They are combating overt tactics to share incorrect information and deploying strategies to prevent the spread of misinformation. As journalists’ efforts continue, we’ll discuss how to be resilient in the face of these challenges.

ONA’s goal is to bring a fresh perspective to a daunting challenge: for news to continue serving as a place to find clear and straightforward information in a tumultuous online environment saturated with misinformation and disinformation.

Meena Thiruvengadam, Digital Strategy Consultant and journalist, will moderate this discussion. Speakers include:

  • Joy Mayer, Director of Trusting News, to discuss building a more trusting relationship with your audience
  • Dr. Norbert Schwarz, Provost Professor, Department of Psychology & Marshall School of Business and Co-Director, USC Dornsife Mind & Society Center, who will speak about his research on inadvertent amplification and opportunities for newsrooms to help prevent misinformation from taking root for planned news events
  • Gabriella Stern, Director of Media Relations at the World Health Organization, to discuss what we’ve learned from the spread of misinformation in a public health context and how journalists can think strategies moving forward

We’ll begin the event with a 20-minute panel discussion; this portion will be recorded for on-demand viewing after the event. Then, attendees will join one of three breakout rooms for a 40-minute participatory conversation with any speaker of their choice.

The event will help journalists learn how misinformation has affected public health and how you can get ahead of misinformation.

Register for the event

People interested in this event should watch the schedule announcements for the 2023 Online News Association Conference (#ONA23), and sign up for our conference newsletter. We expect more discussions about misinformation to be part of the conference schedule.

While attendees will discuss misinformation of many kinds, we encourage registrants to check out the newly updated COVID-19 Misinformation Playbook. We’re also inviting members of our community to submit resources and experts to be added to the playbook. If you have suggestions, please fill out this form by May 31.

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To explore partnerships, promotional opportunities and other ways to invest in ONA’s programs and events, contact Chief Strategic Partnerships Officer Jessica Strelitz at jessica@journalists.org.

ONA was founded in 1999 as a forum for digital news pioneers to collaborate on common challenges and encourage the highest journalistic standards. Become an ONA member or make a donation to sustain our mission to inspire and support innovation and excellence in digital journalism.

Carrie Blazina

Carrie Blazina

As ONA’s communications manager, Carrie’s responsibilities include content strategy, event promotion, email and social media campaigns, press releases and overall editorial support.