How psychological science can help journalists combat election misinformation

    September 29, 2022 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

    Journalism and democracy have been upended by the growth of mis- and dis-information. Countering it effectively requires understanding why people are susceptible, targeted, and how they can become more resilient. Psychological research can teach journalists how to prebunk disinformation and convey credibility in ways that readers, viewers, and listeners can process, which is more essential than ever as November’s elections near.

    Register now to join the National Press Club Journalism Institute, the American Psychological Association, and PEN America for a free program on Thursday, Sept. 29 to learn how to use these strategies for coverage that informs and empowers your community as it prepares to vote and to discuss the ways disinformation has affected the practice of journalism. The program, which will be held on Zoom, will begin at 11:30 a.m. ET and be followed by a Q&A session.

    Panelists include:

    • Dolores Albarracín, Alexandra Heyman Nash University Professor; Director, Social Action Lab; Director, Science of Science Communication Division, Annenberg Public Policy Center
    • Tiffany Hsu, reporter on the technology team, covering misinformation and disinformation, New York Times
    • Jay Van Bavel, Director, Social Identity & Morality Lab and Associate Professor of Psychology and Neural Science, New York University

    Participants will learn:

    • How misinformation and disinformation is impacting journalists and newsrooms, including findings from a recent PEN America survey
    • The latest scientific research from the nation’s leading psychologists about how to infuse proven methods of prebunking and inoculation in your reporting
    • What tactics make a piece of misinformation or disinformation go viral and how to inoculate the public against it, especially targeted and historically disenfranchised communities
    • Tips for overcoming cognitive traps, tripwires, and our own hidden biases as journalists