The resources on this page are intended to help you:
Identify false or misleading news sources and protect yourself from them
Understand the problems the fake news phenomenon has created
Discover some basic steps to use in evaluating news sources
Differentiate between types of news sources
Link to more credible news sources
News Use Across Social Media Platforms
62% – get news on social media, and 18% do so often, according to a new survey by Pew Research Center,
Who Shared It? How Americans Decide What News to Trust on Social Media.
When Americans encounter news on social media, how much they trust the content is determined less by who creates the news than by who shares it. From the Media Insight Project, a collaboration between the American Press Institute and the Associated Press–NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Political Polarization & Media Habits
From the Pew Research Center
"The project – part of a year-long effort to shed light on political polarization in America – looks at the ways people get information about government and politics in three different settings: the news media, social media and the way people talk about politics with friends and family. "
One of the things the Presidential Election Campaign of 2016 may be remembered for is the proliferation of fake news stories. Viral news hoaxes have been around for many years, but 2016 seems to be the year they exploded into the consciousness of the American public. Evaluating information has never been more important.
(Graphic and text from Carolina Hernandez's Oregon University site)
Why People Believe Fake Videos
Fast Company by Christye Sisson Sept 14, 2019
The Future of Truth and Misinformation Online
Pew Research Center By Janna Anderson and Lee Rainie
After Las Vegas Shooting, Fake News Regains its Megaphone
October 2, 2017 NYT Kevin Roose
Stanford Researchers Find Students Have Trouble Judging the Credibility of Information Online
November 22, 2016 By Brooke Donald (Stanford Study: Executive Summary)
Why Students Can't Google Their Way to Truth
November 1, 2016 Education Week By By Sam Wineburg and Sarah McGrew
From Schooled Skepticism to Informed Trust
It’s one thing to teach students about disinformation. It’s another to convince them information can sometimes be trusted.
The Spread of True and False News Online
Lies spread faster than the truth
Science 09 Mar 2018: Vol. 359, Issue 6380, pp. 1146-1151 DOI: 10.1126/science.aap9559