Prior to the 2018 midterm elections, the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) decided they were going to bring fake news to real life!
Collaborating with New York based creative agency TBWA/Chiat/Day, they chose a newsstand that is located at 42nd and 6th Avenue located in Manhattan and it displays newspapers and magazines with the most hilarious headlines, and fake news, of 2018.
They gathered these comical featured stories from the internet, since it happens so often that false information will be let out for the world to see and then shared millions of times. It sort of proves that internet users are more likely to fall for these inaccurate facts and they may not even realize it. Meaning before even finishing reading the first sentence, they already believe that what they are reading is the truth. There are examples of these striking fake news media articles below!
The purpose of this newsstand was to shine light on the issue that is misinformation. They hope to educate people on how to recognize the fake news. The editor and publisher of CJR, Kyle Pope, said this is an initiative that will help people spot out disinformation. By taking virtual fake news to the real world, having it tangible really proves the dishonesty of these articles. This makes people think twice and question these sources, instead of just believing it’s true facts.
CJR even went so far to print a guide for people to learn on how to spot false information. It explains to readers that before believing a report they should “Check your emotions, Question the source, Consider the message, Search for more information and Question the content.”