The Campaign to Support Real News, begun in March 2017 with Inland as a partner, launched a new ad in February intended to be an “exclamation point” on its fight against fake news.
It makes the strong statement that “We Are Real News,” and unlike other news “publishers,” our high-quality investigative journalists are committed to reporting the truth.
The campaign was created to shine a light on the harm to the public caused by fake news and the importance of real news produced by respected, trusted news organizations employing these journalists.
The latest phase of the campaign, “What is Real News?” focuses on the need for news literacy. Each launch of this phase has included a print newspaper ad, with each message building on the one preceding it. The third and final ad distinguishes real news providers as those who “take our responsibility to report the truth very seriously” and “work tirelessly to uphold our commitment to the truth because at the end of the day, if we don’t, no one else will.”
The ads have appeared in The Inlander and several Alliance member newspapers representing over 14.25 million print editions over the last ten months. Newspapers that are not Alliance members have also run the ads, the association noted.
“The fact is, our members are the ones who are out there investigating the stories people want to know. Without them, there would be no accountability by public officials,” said Alliance President & CEO David Chavern. “The sensationalist, unsupported-by-facts ‘news’ stories you are seeing out there are just noise that detracts from the quality news being delivered by trusted news organizations.”
Throughout the campaign, the Alliance has unveiled a variety of resources on its website and social media channels to help the public learn how to distinguish real news from fake, and to take action by supporting real news in the form of subscriptions and donations.
To coincide with today’s launch, the Alliance is offering new sharable social media graphics that explain common journalism terms and phrases that people often get wrong; and a listicle of the best books on combating fake news.
As this phase of the campaign comes to an end, the Alliance is looking ahead to how the campaign will evolve.
“We will be hosting an event this spring centered around the critical issue of trust in news media,” Chavern said. “With people in positions of power attacking the credibility of respected news media, it is that much more of a challenge for us to have to overcome to help the public know who they can trust. But we are up to the challenge and I believe that ultimately, consumers are smart enough to figure it out.”
In addition to Inland, partners of the Support Real News campaign include:
Center for Public Integrity
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
Local Media Consortium
Southern Newspaper Publishers Association (SNPA)
Stony Brook University School of Journalism, Center for News Literacy
University of Washington
World Editors Forum
Washington State University Edward R. Murrow College of Communication
For more information, visit newsmediaalliance.org/supportrealnews
For a list of programs, articles, tips and other resources on evaluating news for authenticity, visit www.newsmediaalliance.org/isitrealnews