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How real is fake news?

How false news can spread

How to choose your news

How fake news does real harm

What is Media Literacy?

Perspectives & Context (Articles)

Beyond Fake News

Michael Caulfield, director of blended and networked learning at Washington State University Vancouver, believes people should learn to read laterally, the way fact-checkers do. Caulfield also recommends looking for stories from respected sources that corroborate the information, trying to follow the information back to the original source, and circling back to restart the evaluation process if you end up down a rabbit hole…

The Smell Test: Educators can counter fake news with information literacy. Here's how.

The difference now is that “there is more fake news out there, and the proliferation of social media just means it can be disseminated rapidly via many channels,” says Frank W. Baker, a media literacy expert who conducts workshops across the country. Frank W. Baker leads a media literacy workshop. Also, technology now makes it possible for someone to design a fake news site that looks and feels very…

What is media literacy and why does it matter?

Everyone from the President of the United States to a posh toddler can carry an iPhone and send off mass messages to hundreds and thousands of online influencers. We connect at the touch of a button and make decisions with the flick of a wrist. As a result, it’s especially important for employees, students, influencers, and everyday users to have media literacy and understand the consequences that follow online actions…

I taught my 5th-graders how to spot fake news. Now they won’t stop fact-checking me.

It was a fall day in 2014, and my classroom was full of excitement. My students had transformed themselves into…

Developing Critical Literacies: What We Need to Know in a “Fake News” World

Those of us who grew up in a pre-Internet world probably remember passing through grocery store checkout aisles lined with copies of the National Enquirer and other tabloids, with..

Web Evaluation: Does This Website Smell Funny to You?

One of my favorite things to work on with students in this area is website evaluation. They all have a…

At Least 70 Countries Have Had Disinformation Campaigns, Study Finds

Despite increased efforts by internet platforms like Facebook to combat internet disinformation, the use of the techniques to discredit political opponents, bury opposing views and interfere in foreign affairs around the world is growing, according to a report released Thursday by researchers at Oxford University.