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Fake news

Get savvy about spotting online misinformation with help from Tarja Moles

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The term ‘fake news’ has become part of our everyday language, and a certain president has been particularly influential in cultivating its use and branding any news items he doesn’t like as fake. This is not, however, the real definition of the term. Instead, it can be understood as content that’s been made to emulate serious journalism, but its aim is to deliberately mislead and damage a person, entity or cause while gaining political, ideological and/ or financial advantage. Although misinformation, deceit, ‘spin’ and lies have always been around us, fake news goes further and often marries social media algorithms and advertising systems with its propagandist intent. Fabricated stories have become part and parcel of the ‘clickbait’ headlines which circulate astonishingly fast online in general and in social media in particular.

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How can you get your writing to the readers it deserves? In this month's issue of Writing Magazine we look at how to generate new freelance opportunities and how and why the flourishing independent press scene may be your best bet. First though, if you're a new writer you need to read our guide to finding and fixing those rookie mistakes in How Not to Be a Bad Writer. This month's star interview is the man with the golden pen Anthony Horowitz, talking about bringing back Bond and maintaining his impressive hit rate. Keep up to date with all the latest competitions and opportunities to get into print with Writers' News – there's £37,240 in writing prizes to be won!