New First Draft local fellowship project offers intensive training & financial support

Imposter news sites are springing up like noxious weeds in the deserts left by dead and dying newspapers across the nation. With innocuous names like “Tennessee Star” and “Grand Rapids Reporter,” and ”Minnesota Sun,” such online sites peddle in misinformation and are often run by political operatives, aiming to influence votes.

Why the place-based names? They are taking advantage of people’s trust in local news, which survey data shows is generally higher than in national news sources. Researchers have shown that such imposter sites often drive impressive traffic on social media, with people sharing links far and wide. …


Nancy Watzman

Nancy Watzman is director of Lynx LLC, She is former director, Colorado Media Project; outreach editor, Knight Comm on Trust, Media & Democracy.

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