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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

12/18/017: Spotting Fake News; Kanine Social; Physician Suicides; Cole Pepper


Monday on First Coast Connect  we spoke with Danny Murphy, author of the book  Fake News 101: How To Recognize Fake News and Avoid Being Fooled By It  (01:09).  

WJCT’s Digital Content Editor Bill Bortzfield spoke with Kanine Social owner Dustin Fries and investor Daniel Moffatt (23:44).

Duval Medical Society CEO Bryan Campbell and Foundation President Dr. Sunil Joshi talked about recent physician suicides and what they are doing to help prevent them (34:30).

Cole Pepper talked about the Jaguars big win Sunday over Houston and Jacksonville’s first trip to the playoffs in a decade (46:00).   


Spotting Fake News

Pope Francis is criticizing journalists who sensationalize the news, saying it’s a “very serious sin” that hurts all involved.

Francis, who plans to dedicate his upcoming annual communications message to “fake news”, told Catholic media on Saturday that journalists perform a mission that is among the most “fundamental” to democratic societies and he reminded them to provide precise, complete and correct information and not to provide one-sided reports.

The 2016 election saw the disturbing rise of “fake news” - in particular, the use of misleading or even outright false propaganda, often planted by Russian interference, on social media giants like Facebook. Our intelligence community confirms these social media fake news items did in fact influence our election.

In these polarized times, it can be tough sometimes to verify that the information you’re reading online is accurate and the product of real journalism.

Kanine Social  

It’s billed as what is expected to be the city’s first-ever dog park- craft beer emporium- and coffee bar.

Our digital editor Bill Bortzfield spoke with owner, Dustin Fries and investor Daniel Moffatt about their plan to open Kanine Social.

Physician Suicides

It’s an alarming phenomenon plaguing this nation’s physicians. And it’s apparently getting worse.

In May, a sweeping new study appeared in the journal of Academic Medicine. It found that suicide is one of the leading causes of death among doctors.

Recently in our area, several physicians have taken their own lives.

Cole Pepper

The Jaguars blew out Houston 45-7 Sunday and clinched their first playoff spot since 2007. The Jaguars can clinch the AFC South and a home playoff game with a win Sunday in San Francisco or a loss by the Titans to the Los Angeles Rams.  

Kevin Meerschaert can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @KMeerschaertJax.