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Educators & Fake News
This LibGuide was originally created for a workshop for Professors in Residence on January 26, 2017 at William Paterson University. It continues to be revised and updated. Additional presentations to different audiences are listed.
History of Fake News
The (almost) complete history of Fake News
Mike Wendling of BBC provides background about the use of the term, "fake news." Included are video clips of the term being used.
Fake News: Historical Timeline
Misinformation is nothing new. Here's an infographic from Common Sense Media that traces misinformation back to ancient times.
Fake news? That's a very old story.
Published in The Washington Post, November 25, 2016, this article by Robert G. Parkinson describes how some of our Founding Fathers published fabricated stories to turn public opinion in their direction.
True History of Fake News
Written by Robert Darnton in the New York Review of Books, February 13, 2017, this article traces fake news back to ancient times.
Articles about Media and News Literacy
Can Librarians Help Solve the Fake News Problem?
Donald A. Barclay, librarian at the University of California, Merced discusses the history of "information literacy" and the need for collaboration among educators.
Fake news. It's complicated.
Journalist Claire Wardle's taxonomy of the different types of information that are frequently identified as being fake news.
From Headline to Photograph, a Fake News Masterpiece.
Article written by Scott Shane and published in the New York Times on January 18, 2017 describes the creation of a fake news story.
How Media Literacy Can Help Students Discern Fake News
Education Week produced this 8 minute video about teachers working to educate their students about fake news.
How to spot fake news – an expert’s guide for young people
Suggestions of strategies that can be used to identify fake news written by Beth Hewitt on The Conversation, a website dedicated to improve journalism.
How to Teach High-School Students to Spot Fake News
This article by Chris Berdik identifies some strategies and resources to teach media and news literacy to teenagers.
Most Teens Can't Tell Fake from Real News
Article by Sam Wineburg & Sarah McGrew from the PBS NewsHour reporting on studies that found that most young people have difficulty differentiating between real and fake news and information. Identifies strategies used by professional fact checkers.
"Moving" Towards Increased Web and Media Literacy
This blog posting from the International Literacy Association discusses the need for media literacy education and recommends "Four Moves and a Habit" from Mike Caulfield.
One Way to Fight Fake News
From the Teaching column of the Chronicle of Higher Education, November 9, 2017, this article reports on the most recent study from Sam Wineburg at Stanford University.
News Literacy: Critical Thinking Skills for the 21st Century
A blog posting by Peter Adams on Edutopia that suggests some activities that increase students' news literacy skills.
The Remedy for the Spread of Fake News? History Teachers
Article by Kevin Levin (December 6, 2016) from Smithsonian.com that describes some strategies that history teachers can use to encourage more critical thinking of web resources.
Stanford Researchers Find Students Have Trouble Judging the Credibility of Information Online
Summary of study conducted by Sam Wineberg of Stanford University that examined the news literacy of middle school, high school and college students. Includes a link to the Executive Summary of the report.
Helping Students Make Sense of News Stories about Bias and Injustice
Article by the ADL which details how to have discussions with students on the news.
NY Times Article about Teaching Fake News
This NY Times article will provide ways into incorporate the teaching of fake news into teacher lesson plans.
The spread of true and false news online
Article detailing a 2018 MIT experiment on how news spreads.
Stephen Colbert defined this word in October 2005 in this 3 minute segment from The Colbert Report.