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Fake News, Alternative Facts, and Misinformation: Learning to Critically Evaluate Media Sources.

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

Spring 2019 Fake News Workshops

Open fake news workshop, Tuesday, March 26, 3:30 - 4:30pm: Register here.
Sociology 1101 students: check with your instructor for your signup links for the April 12th workshops.
Asian Studies 2247 workshop is Thursday, March 21, 10:10-11:25.

All fake news workshops are held in the Uris Library Classroom.

What is Fake News?

Fake news is not news you disagree with.

"Fake news" is "fabricated information that mimics news media content in form but not in organizational process or intent. Fake-news outlets, in turn, lack the news media's editorial norms and processes for ensuring the accuracy and credibility of information. Fake news overlaps with other information disorders, such as misinformation (false or misleading information) and disinformation (false information that is purposely spread to deceive people)." [David M. J. Lazer, et al., "The Science of Fake News," Science 09 Mar 2018: Vol. 359, Issue 6380, pp. 1094-1096.].

What You Can Do about Fake News

Learn to recognize fake news sites. Be curious and actively investigate news stories.

Use news sources that are accountable for their content and that follow journalistic ethics and standards.

Use care before sharing news content with others on social media. Pause and reflect on news sources that arouse strong emotions, positive or negative.

Learn to recognize your own biases and compensate for them.

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