A museum dedicated to the freedom of expression – one of five freedoms enshrined in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution – called the Newseum, in Washington, D.C., is undergoing a “strategic review” and may have to close due to financial difficulties, it was revealed last week.
The announcement, which coincided with the resignation of the museum’s president and CEO, received a mixed reception from the local media industry.
Local Minnesota residents were invited to take part in two forums where 10 international journalists, sponsored by the World Press Institute, answered audience questions and shared their perspectives on the mainstream media in the era of “fake news.”
It’s hard to imagine one newsroom that hasn’t incorporated Facebook as one of the main working tools nowadays. The outlets use it on a minute-to-minute basis to gather news, amplify the stories’ reach on the internet, interact with the audience and do live videos. Why not try using it as a main channel for themed stories, too?
Earlier this week in the small town of Tracy, Minn. local residents asked questions - and the WPI fellows answered. The meeting was held in the style of a traditional press conference, with all 10 fellows sitting side by side along a long table, taking turns addressing the audience.
„Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone...We will create a civilization of the Mind in Cyberspace. May it be more humane and fair than the world your governments have made before“.
The U.S. media has become used to being derided as “fake news” by Donald Trump on Twitter. This week was no different, with the president blasting the “fake news media” and “truly bad people” in the wake of the killing of a protester at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, while he celebrated the return of his former chief strategist Steve Bannon to Breitbart: “Fake news needs the competition!”
Writing for The New York Times’ behind-the-scenes column Times Insider last week, reporter Sarah Maslin Nir shared the challenges she faces when trying to get a Donald Trump’s supporter to talk to her for a story. The newspaper’s critical approach to the presidency has gotten it included on the group of outlets that Trump has labeled “fake news media”. On his official Twitter account, he calls it the “failing New York Times.” Most of his loyal audience, thus, agree with his view that the paper and other mainstream media are working to serve as an obstacle for his mandate.