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Hi y'all,

I knew what I wanted to do when I was 18 years old.

I know that's kind of rare. I applied to Auburn as a journalism major and worked in journalism since the moment I stepped into the college newspaper as a freshman in 2003.

As an idealistic 18-year-old, all I knew was that I wanted to pursue big-T universal Truths and little-t truth.

That's why an information trend that's developed over the past few years, exacerbated by the rise of social media and the shrinking of newsrooms, concerns me. 

Earlier this week,
WRAL and McClatchy reported that a Facebook page called "North Carolina Breaking News" was spreading misinformation. 

The McClatchy (parent company of the News & Observer) reporter even reached one of the administrators, who said "truth is not the goal."

Misinformation campaigns -- actual fake news -- is unfortunately a growing part of the content environment now. 

I'm not talking about bias, opinion vs. objective or partisan news. Misinformation is something that mimics the news but purposely misleads people. And those who are the least informed are likely to just tune the news out more, according to Pew research.

That's right: Misinformation breeds apathy. 

"North Carolina Breaking News," after the reporting of real local news sites, has been removed from Facebook. But I know it will not be the last misinformation campaign to target local news, the type of media source more trusted than national news. 


Want to fight misinformation?

Support local news organizations. Subscribe to the News & Observer (who also has tips here). Share stories from WRAL. Join INDY Week's Press Club. Donate to WUNC.

Share Raleigh Convergence with your friend who only gets their news from Facebook. 

If something seems like it's far-fetched that you're reading on an unfamiliar website, check their staff or "about" page, and be skeptical if there's not one.

Report misinformation on Facebook and send a civil message to someone sharing misleading information.

Most of all, give a damn about the truth.


To real news,
Sarah Day


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We're expected to get snow for the first time this season today.

The National Weather Service expects rain this morning with a wintry mix moving in this afternoon, which prompted an early release from Wake County schools. That rain is expected to turn to snow by 5 p.m., and move through overnight.

This morning's NWS report says we should expect about 3 inches of snow in Raleigh. [@NWSRaleigh]

A Wake County-only District 2 could turn blue. ICYMI, North Carolina's district maps for Congress were found to give an unfair partisan advantage and had to be redrawn. The new Congressional District 2, on the March 3 ballot, is more likely to have a Democrat elected after the district lines changed. [WUNC

The funding request for the proposed indoor sports complex in Cary at the redeveloping Cary Towne Center Mall site was approved by Wake County + Raleigh City Council decision makers. [WUNC]

Construction will begin soon on a 571-acre preserve near Knightdale, Zebulon and Wendell for hiking trails and horseback riding. Procter Farm Preserve could be open at the end of this year or the beginning of 2021, according to a release. [Wake County]


PLUS...

Watch the Oberlin Village documentary, which tells the history of a once-thriving community in Raleigh of formerly enslaved people and free Black people that's mostly disappeared. [WRAL]

A new exhibit opening today at the Gregg Museum showcases the work of a legend in jewelry and industrial design, who lived in Raleigh. [INDY Week]

Tips or topics you're curious about? Tap reply or email raleighconvergence@gmail.com.
 
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☑️ Wake County BRT Southern Corridor Kickoff Meeting: Today you can learn about the plans for a bus rapid transit (faster, more efficient bus service) that connects Wake County going south, too, into areas like Garner. It will be at the Garner Senior Center from 4-7 p.m. with a presentation at 5:30 p.m. [info]
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