Debunking political disinformation through Journalists' perceptions: an analysis of Colombia's fact-checking news practices

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Show simple item record Rodríguez Pérez, Carlos Paniagua Rojano, Francisco J. Magallón Rosa, Raúl 2021-03-08T13:27:23Z 2021-03-08T13:27:23Z 2021
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitation Media and Communication. Vol. 9, n. 1 (2021), pp 264-275
dc.identifier.issn 2183-2439
dc.description.abstract Fact-checking alliances emerged worldwide to debunk political disinformation in electoral contexts because of social concerns related to information authenticity. This study, thus, included the Latin American context in fact-checking journalism studies as a journalistic practice to fight political disinformation. Through analyzing RedCheq, the first fact-checking journalism alliance in an electoral regional context led by Colombiacheck, 11 in-depth interviews were conducted to identify the perceptions of regional fact-checkers regarding the usefulness of this journalistic practice, its achievements, and the key aspects for incorporating fact-checking into the regional media ecosystem. The study results revealed that RedCheq achieved the goal of fighting disinformation, and that fact-checking developed as transformational leverage for the regional media. Regional journalists perceived fact-checking as an element that restores credibility and social trust in regional media as the epistemology of this journalistic practice neglects the power pressure and dissemination of official narratives. Finally, this study highlighted how fact-checking journalism contributes to the democratic quality and civic empowerment in silenced and polarized environments. In addition, it discussed the need to expand fact-checking journalism's coverage to new geographical areas and improve journalists' professional competencies and training, thereby enabling them to function as using verification tools based on regional journalists' requirements.
dc.format.extent 12
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Cogitatio Press
dc.rights Atribución 3.0 España
dc.subject.other Colombia
dc.subject.other Disinformation
dc.subject.other Elections
dc.subject.other Fact-Checking
dc.subject.other Journalism
dc.subject.other Political Communication
dc.subject.other Political Journalism
dc.subject.other Verification
dc.title Debunking political disinformation through Journalists' perceptions: an analysis of Colombia's fact-checking news practices
dc.type article
dc.subject.eciencia Ciencias de la Información
dc.identifier.doi 10.17645/mac.v9i1.3374
dc.rights.accessRights openAccess
dc.type.version publishedVersion
dc.identifier.publicationfirstpage 264
dc.identifier.publicationissue 1
dc.identifier.publicationlastpage 275
dc.identifier.publicationtitle Media and Communication
dc.identifier.publicationvolume 9
dc.identifier.uxxi AR/0000027320
dc.affiliation.dpto UC3M. Departamento de Comunicación
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