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Information disorder: A potted history of propaganda, hoaxes and satire

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Information disorder: A potted history of propaganda, hoaxes and satire

Authored by Julie Posetti and Alica Matthews, A short guide to the history of 'fake news' and disinformation, is designed as a learning module for both journalists and journalism educators, and of course, anyone trying to understand or explain the current threat facing open societies. 

The downloadable module (available below) tracks the recorded history of ‘disinformation wars’ back to ancient Rome and plots the evolution of the current crisis on an international timeline, highlighting historic moments stretching from Cleopatra to Cambridge Analytica. 

The guide also includes examples of good practice, suggested exercises, readings and assignments to help deepen understanding and aid nuanced reporting on ‘fake news.’ It is intended for use in news organizations, media development courses, and journalism schools. W

The guide is available under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0).

About the authors

Julie Posetti is Senior Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford, where she leads the Journalism Innovation Project. She is the author of Protecting Journalism Sources in the Digital Age and co-editor of the forthcoming UNESCO handbook: Journalism, ‘Fake News’ and Disinformation. You can follow her on Twitter @JuliePosetti.
Alice Matthews is a news and current affairs journalist at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in Sydney. Follow her on Twitter at @AlicekMatthews. 



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