The student voice of Washington State University since 1895

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

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 1, 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 March 31, 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 22, 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 19, 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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