Category Archives: Fake news

Fake News Browser Extensions

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This resource has moved!

It can now be found on the North Dakota State Library’s LibGuides: https://library-nd.libguides.com/fakenews

We’d hate to see you leave empty-handed, so here is an image of a man riding a bicycle down the steps of the U.S. Capitol (courtesy of the Library of Congress).

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“A perilous ride,” 1884

Fake News: the history, hysteria, and hype – and how to see through the subterfuge

Thank you for visiting.

This resource has moved! 

It can now be found on the North Dakota State Library’s LibGuides: https://library-nd.libguides.com/fakenews

We’d hate to see you leave empty-handed, so here is a cat image (courtesy of the Library of Congress). Why? Why not!

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“In the Rogue’s Gallery,” circa 1898.

What is news literacy? Why is it important?

“News literacy is the acquisition of 21st-century, critical-thinking skills for analyzing and judging the reliability of news and information, differentiating among facts, opinions and assertions in the media we consume, create and distribute. It can be taught most effectively in cross-curricular, inquiry-based formats at all grade levels. It is a necessary component for literacy in contemporary society.”

[From the Radio Television News Directors Foundation]

Students are bombarded by news in many formats — print media, broadcast media, Internet media, and social media. The volume, velocity, and variety of information is growing exponentially. News literacy skills are essential to distinguish between fact and opinion in this ocean of data. Students must be able to determine bias or the agenda of the writer. Reading out of their comfort zone will help students see other points of view, and be more tolerant and less emotional when discussing issues. In a democratic society, informed decision-making requires that students develop news literacy skills.

FactCheck

There are several online sources to help us check the validity of news stories. Here are two: FactCheck.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit site that monitors major U.S. political players. Its goal is to “apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.” PolitiFact.com, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2009, basically checks the facts of anyone speaking about American politics. The most outrageously false statements get the “Pants on Fire” designation.

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Teaching news literacy skills enables us to analyze, evaluate, compare, and critically think about the information we receive before we accept it.

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.”   –Yogi Berra