“A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” Mark Twain
The spread of misinformation, widely disseminated through all kinds of platforms, is an alarming phenomenon. Given the current technological and business shift, traditional journalism is facing new challenges, forcing mainstream media and journalists to re-think their societal role. According to a recent Special Eurobarometer survey on Media pluralism and Democracy only 53% of European citizens agree that their national media provide trustworthy information. The same survey highlighted that social media is the least trusted source of information among all media. Quality media has an important role in the democratic debate. This is particularly true in the current context, where it is key to reinvigorate the public purpose of journalism, to reconnect with citizens and rebuild trust in quality journalism.
The panel discussion will address the following questions:
- What is the role of quality media in the context of the post-truth climate and misinformation?
- Could the spread of misinformation, particularly online, reinvigorate the role of quality journalism? What is the role of investigative journalism in this context?
- What does the rise of independent fact-checkers imply for professional journalism?
- Does the mixture between journalistic content and privately-shared views on social media create confusion? How could we deal with this phenomenon?
 Social media were considered to be the least reliable media, with only 33% of the respondents of the survey considering them to reliable, in contrast to radio (66%), television and newspapers (both 55%).