The organization PEN America, a defender of freedom of expression, carried out the national study among more than 1,000 reporters and editors with the objective of determining how disinformation is disrupting the practice of journalism. 90% of those interviewed said their materials were affected by such false content. Journalists assessed how working amid a flood of content created or distributed with the intent to mislead is altering their profession, their relationships with their sources and audiences, and their lives, the report said.
The responses showed that misinformation is significantly changing the practice of journalism.
According to the survey, journalists said they and their newsrooms are ill-prepared to effectively counter the torrents of falsehoods that threaten the fundamental role of the press.
Four out of five of those interviewed felt that this is a serious problem, and most said they face it on a regular basis.