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Fake News: Learning to Critically Evaluate Media Sources

"Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts." --Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Newsweek, 25 August 1986, p. 27.

Resources

Check, Please! Starter Course

Using Mike Caulfield's SIFT Method, learn how to fact and source-check in five easy lessons, taking about 30 minutes apiece. 

Calling BS

Open Access Course on detecting "BS." Created by Professors Carl T. Bergstrom and Jevin West at the University of Washington. 

Discussing Fake News

The Macedonian Teens Who Mastered Fake News

A look into how some of the 'fake news' during the 2016 election cycle was manufactured and why. (Wired, 2017)

Fact-Checking Won’t Save Us From Fake News

An examination of why fake news is so prevalent. (FiveThirtyEight, 2017)

The Real Story About Fake News Is Partisanship

The role of the polarization of politics in the proliferation of fake news. (New York Times, 2017)

Secure the News

Fake news is not the only consideration in choosing your news sources. This organization examines how the vulnerability of insecure news sites can lead to hacking and attacks on your own computer.