Teaching Media Literacy

fake news
noun [ U ] UK /ˌfeɪk ˈnjuːz/ /ˌfeɪk ˈnuːz/
false stories that appear to be news, spread on the internet or using other media, usually created to influence political views or as a joke:
There is concern about the power of fake news to affect election results.
(Source: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/fake-news )


Infographic source: https://www.ifla.org/publications/node/11174

(Infographic source: https://www.ifla.org/publications/node/11174)


HOW TO SPOT FAKE NEWS
https://www.factcheck.org/2016/11/how-to-spot-fake-news/

HOW TO FIGHT FAKE NEWS AND MISINFORMATION? RESEARCH HELPS POINT THE WAY
http://mediashift.org/2016/12/fight-fake-news-misinformation-research-helps-point-way/

TRUMP’S LIES VERSUS YOUR BRAIN
https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/01/donald-trump-lies-liar-effect-brain-214658

A Field Guide to “Fake News” and Other Information Disorders (Dropbox download) from https://fakenews.publicdatalab.org

Online Verification Training Course
https://firstdraftnews.org/course-launches/


Fake News Generators
http://tbsdaily.com
https://www.thefakenewsgenerator.com/
http://breakyourownnews.com
http://www.classtools.net/breakingnews/
https://www.captiongenerator.com/30999/BREAKING-NEWS

Assignment: Using one of the above-listed sites, create your own piece of “fake news.” Then find a real article or video (depending on which you chose to create), and bring both to class. Each student will present their news pieces without identifying which one is legitimate/fake. The idea is to dupe your classmates!

Reflection: As you’re creating your news articles/videos, consider the implications of putting “fake news” stories into the world. Jot down some thoughts and bring them to class for a post-presentation discussion.

COMPREHENSIVE RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS & STUDENTS

Evaluating Sources in a ‘Post-Truth’ World: Ideas for Teaching and Learning About Fake News
https://nyti.ms/2jCIBim

Article: Fake news. It’s complicated.
https://medium.com/1st-draft/fake-news-its-complicated-d0f773766c79

Fake News Reading List
https://firstdraftnews.org/misinformation-reading-list/

CrossCheck: A Collaborative Journalism Project
https://crosscheck.firstdraftnews.org/france-en/

MisinfoCon
https://misinfocon.com