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Busting Fake News: Evaluating Online Information

Pause. Consider. Decide.

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Though information- and misinformation- comes at us all day, everyday, there are concrete steps that you can take to build your expert toolkit, and know what to trust.

Cultivate a critical mindset about user-generated content, unfamiliar organizations, and content shared by recognized news sources, by practicing and developing the habits outlined in the News Literacy Project's 7 Steps.

How can you reconstruct the context of an online information source in order to make a solid judgment about its reliability? The SIFT framework by Mike Caulfield offers simple and empowering guidance.

Dig in to the reliability of the sources quoted or embedded within news stories themselves using the IMVAIN framework, developed by Stony Brook Center for News Literacy.

 

Types of Fake News

There are many ways to define fake news. While some people dismiss as "fake news" any information that is unwelcome or unflattering to them, this guide will help you become a more discerning reader and viewer of news media. The links below define some useful categories to keep in mind.

Parody - assumes the appearance of news as a form of humor (e.g., The Onion, The Daily Show)

Misinformation - presents inaccurate or incomplete information for one or more of the following reasons:

Resources for Verifying and Fact Checking