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Fake News or Disinformation: Readings

Learn how to tell the difference between real and fake news.

Articles

Brown, P. (2015, September 18). Six easy ways to tell if that viral story is a hoax. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/six-easy-ways-to-tell-if-that-viral-story-is-a-hoax-47673.

Caulfield, M.A. (n.d.). Web literacy for student fact checkers. Pressbooks. Retrieved from https://webliteracy.pressbooks.com/.

Kiely, E., & Robertson, L. (2016, November 18). How to spot fake news. Retrieved from https://www.factcheck.org/2016/11/how-to-spot-fake-news/.

Media Matters. (2016, December 15). Understanding the fake news universe: A guide to fake news terminology. Retrieved from https://www.mediamatters.org/research/2016/12/15/understanding-fake-news-universe/214819.

Novak, M. (2015, October 8). Nine viral images that are totally fake. [Blog post]. Retrieved from https://factually.gizmodo.com/9-viral-images-that-are-totally-fake-1721410425.

Rajan, A. (2017, January 16). Fake news: Too important to ignore. [Newspaper article]. Retrieved from https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-38636042.

Wen, T. (2017, June 30). The hidden signs that can reveal a fake photo. [Newpaper article]. Retrieved from https://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170629-the-hidden-signs-that-can-reveal-if-a-photo-is-fake.

Research Reports/Investigations

Domonoske, C. (2016, November 23). Students have 'dismaying' inability to tell fake news from real, study finds. Retrieved from https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/11/23/503129818/study-finds-students-have-dismaying-inability-to-tell-fake-news-from-real.

How Google interferes with its search algorithms and changes your results. (2019, November 15). Wall Street Journal. Retrieved from https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-google-interferes-with-its-search-algorithms-and-changes-your-results-11573823753

Inside TikTok’s algorithm: A WSJ video investigation. (2021, July 21). Wall Street Journal. Retrieved from https://www.wsj.com/articles/tiktok-algorithm-video-investigation-11626877477

Renner. N. (2015, February 10). Lies, damn lies and viral content: How news websites spread (and debunk) online rumors, unverified claims, and misinformation. Tow Center for Digital Journalism. Columbia Journalism School. Retrieved from https://academiccommons.columbia.edu/doi/10.7916/D8Q81RHH

Stanford History Education Group. (2016). Evaluating information: The cornerstone of civic online reasoning. Stanford. Retrieved from https://sheg.stanford.edu/upload/V3LessonPlans/Executive%20Summary%2011.21.16.pdf.

Shorenstein Center. (2017, May 2). Combating fake news: An agenda for research and action. Harvard, MA: Harvard Kennedy School. Retrieved from https://shorensteincenter.org/combating-fake-news-agenda-for-research/.

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