27 September 2019 12:53
Papers by Dr Eileen Culloty and Dr Jane Suiter were presented at two recent conferences: the 2019 ECPR General Conference and the Fifth Conference of the International Journal of Press/Politics.
The 2019 ECPR General Conference was held on September 4-7 at the University of Wroc?aw (Poland). The annual ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research) is Europe's largest gathering of political scientists. The paper ‘Countering the Spread of Political Disinformation’ was presented in the Political Communication section.
The Fifth Conference of the International Journal of Press/Politics (IJPP) was held on September 16-17 at Loughborough University (United Kingdom). IJPP is an interdisciplinary journal for the analysis and discussion of the role of the media and politics in a globalized world. The paper on identifying anti-immigrant disinformation was based on a research survey undertaken with Christina Steiner and Alexander Nussbaumer (Graz University of Technology). The online survey was completed by 300 people in Ireland and examined whether they could distinguish between stories from reputable sources and far-right sources based on the language and style of the news articles. We found that people with high-levels of news literacy, concern about disinformation, and interest in immigration as topic were able to easily identify dubious sources of information based on textual features. Further research will investigate what textual cues people rely on to make decisions about credibility.