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The Daily Evergreen

The student voice of Washington State University since 1895

The Daily Evergreen

The student voice of Washington State University since 1895

The Daily Evergreen

Idaho community leaves flowers and gifts to remember the 4 students murdered at the University of Idaho, Nov.16, 2022.

‘Blindly trusting is the bigger problem’

MIKAYLA FINNERTY, Editor-in-chief November 20, 2022

Much of the information has yet to be disclosed from the Moscow Police Department about the homicide investigation involving four University of Idaho students, causing students to take to social media...

Gary Jenkins speaks to the Senate, Nov. 2.

WSU PD addresses social media presence, spread of misinformation

BRANDON WILLMAN, Multimedia editor November 3, 2022

Gary Jenkins, WSU Interim Chief of Police addressed the concern of misinformation being spread to the ASWSU Senate. Jenkins came to speak to the senate in a continued effort to increase transparency...

Navigating the internet can be difficult due to the nature of free information, so it is critical to know how to engage with online content responsibly.

OPINION: How to be an informed citizen in the age of misinformation

GRACE SLOAN, Evergreen columnist April 21, 2022

We live in an incredibly digital era – I am sure your grandparent had to buy an iPhone to successfully communicate with the rest of the family, and your cousin just got an iPad for their fifth birthday....

Misinformation is a touchy subject on the internet. Discussing how we handle it is even touchier.

OPINION: Censorship not a solution to misinformation

JUSTIN WASHINGTON, Evergreen research editor February 17, 2022

Joe Rogan, a podcast host on Spotify, and his spreading of misinformation surrounding COVID-19 is just one fragment of a difficult discussion in our society: how do we tackle misinformation on the internet? Misinformation...

Misinformation is difficult to navigate because there are often elements of truth embedded throughout the rest of the information, said Erica Austin, WSU professor and director of the Murrow Center for Media and Health Promotion Research.

WSU faculty member speaks on COVID-19 misinformation

ANNA MICHALSON, Evergreen reporter April 2, 2021

According to one WSU faculty member, misinformation is a prominent factor of the pandemic and has ultimately determined many people’s decisions about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The problem is...

Conservatives and young adults are more likely to believe in conspiracy theories while people who are detail-oriented are less likely to believe misinformation. To prevent misinformation, students should be taught how to find accurate information.

Trusting social media puts people at risk

TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter April 1, 2021

A new study at WSU shows that trusting information on social media makes people more susceptible to believing conspiracy theories. A WSU research team has been looking at variables and factors that contribute...

Social media does not create disinformation but it does make it spread more quickly, said Porismita Borah, associate professor for the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.

Misinformation found on social media impacts whether people get vaccinated

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter November 6, 2020

Whether people get a vaccine heavily relies on trusted local sources and mainstream media messaging, according to WSU researchers who collected national survey data about vaccine adoption attitudes during...

Often, people do not question the validity and origins of the information they receive, said Michael Caulfield, director of WSU Vancouvers Blended and Networked Learning. It is important to fact-check claims.

People must question claims to prevent misinformation, speaker says

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter October 23, 2020

A digital literacy expert discussed misinformation and a process people can follow to determine the truth during an Oct. 22 event hosted by the WSU Tri-Cities campus. People should follow four steps...

The event “Digital Dissensus: Discovering Truth in an Era of Misinformation” is part of  the series “The Community Classroom: Race, Equity and Engaged Citizenship.

WSU Tri-Cities to host virtual event about misinformation in media

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter October 20, 2020

WSU Tri-Cities will host an event about misinformation as part of its series “The Community Classroom: Race, Equity and Engaged Citizenship,” which aims to teach people about social issues. Mike...

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