THE podcast: how can universities tackle misinformation?

Two misinformation researchers offer their ideas for how universities can play a bigger role in tackling misinformation – from supporting local journalism to collaborating to influence tech platforms


Duke University,
15 Sep 2022
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Education is often offered as a solution to tackling misinformation, particularly training in critical thinking and analytical skills. But what does that actually look like in the day-to-day running of a university? Or for the average higher education instructor not specialised in fields such as media, politics or social sciences? And is there more that institutions could be doing to inform public policy and technology companies to help get ahead of the disinformation wave?

Phil Napoli, senior associate dean for faculty and research at the Sanford School of Public Policy and director of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy at Duke University, shares his ideas about how universities can support local journalism and how researchers can work with third parties to impact public policy. 

And Simge Andı, lecturer in quantitative political science at the University of Exeter, talks about her research into why people are vulnerable to misinformation and what she’s learned from studying elections in Turkey. 

This episode is sponsored by The Wall Street Journal. Visit wsj.com/timeshighereducation to learn more about integrating WSJ into your classes.

And for more advice from your peers on what universities can do to fight fake news, check out our THE Campus spotlight: The role of higher education in separating fact from fiction


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