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June 29, 2017 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Knight Foundation Combats Fake News

The Knight Prototype Fund awarded 20 projects up to $50,000 each to work on reducing the spread of misinformation and building trust in journalism, for a total of $1 million. “Several of the projects focus on involving the public in news gathering and developing tools to better reach diverse and politically disparate communities. Some focus on media literacy, providing ways to help people become responsible consumers of digital content. Others offer tools that advance deeper, and more thoughtful methods of fact-checking including better ways to track misinformation, understand its sources and channels and more effectively communicate the credibility of information,” according to the Knight Foundation. The winning project teams will spend the next 9 months refining their ideas and possibly creating prototypes.

“It is vitally important to our democracy that we battle misinformation and improve the flow of accurate news and information so the public can make informed decisions. These experiments aim to help move us closer to this goal,” says Jennifer Preston (the Knight Foundation’s VP of journalism) in a press release.

For more information and to view the list of projects, read the press release.

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