8 Ways To Spot Fake News


Fake news isn’t exactly new, but 2016 saw a historic rise in fake news as one of the most contentious presidential elections in history unfolded online and across social media platforms.

The increase is forcing journalists to shift their focus from uncovering and telling news stories to debunking fake news. The media is spending more time desperately trying to get get the public to understand what’s true and what isn’t.

So how do you separate truth from fiction? FactCheck.org explains how to spot fake news. I suggest you read the entire post, but here are the main takeaways journalists must understand:

  1. Consider the source.
  2. Read beyond the headline.
  3. Check the author.
  4. What’s the support?
  5. Check the date.
  6. Is this some kind of joke?
  7. Check your biases.
  8. Consult the experts.

Here’s How Fake News Works

How A Partying Macedonian Teen Earns Thousands Publishing Lies

The REAL News About FAKE News

Published on Mar 14, 2017

What is real news? What is fake news? How do we be smart about the media that we choose to consume? Tom Becka answers this important question in his TEDxUNO talk from February 18, 2017.

Tom Becka can be seen every night during Omaha’s Fox 42 News at 9 giving his unique views on what’s happening in Omaha and the rest of the world. His Becka’s Beat can be humorous, poignant, serious, or whimsical. But they are always informative, entertaining and on point. Becka’s Beat is also available on demand at Fox42 KPTM.com.

He is also a nationally-recognized radio talk show host currently heard Monday-Friday on legendary Kansas City radio station KCMO. Formerly of KFAB and KOIL in Omaha, Tom has been named one of the Top 100 talk show hosts in America ten times by Talkers magazine and one of the Top 25 local hosts in America by Newsmax magazine. He has also been a fill-in host for nationally-syndicated radio shows and on WLS in Chicago and many others.

He performed with such greats as Jerry Seinfeld, Lewis Black, Sam Kinnison, Darrel Hammond, Drew Carey.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

How Fake News Grows in a Post-Fact World

Published on Mar 9, 2017

As a journalist with extensive experience, Ali has had the opportunity to witness all forms of news. One type, in particular, poses a threat that has been exacerbated in our digital media society – fake news. Ali discusses the problems of fake news, how we are all affected by it, and how individuals can ensure the news they’re reading is rooted in fact, not fiction.

Ali Velshi is an anchor & correspondent with MSNBC. Most recently, he hosted “Ali Velshi On Target” on Al Jazeera America, covering the Presidential campaign, ISI, the refugee crisis, the Iran deal, Russia/NATO tensions, and Greece’s debt crisis, among other global affairs and economic issues. Before that, Velshi was CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent and authored two finance books.

Velshi has been nominated for three Emmy Awards and he holds a B.A and an honorary Doctorate from Canada’s Queen’s University. Velshi is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Boards of the X-Prize Foundation, Seeds of Peace, and the Chicago History Museum. He volunteers weekly with New York’s homeless outreach program.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Truth Spreads Through Transparency

Nieman Lab published an intriguing article called, “With Open Notebook, Hearken wants to help news orgs do more of their reporting in public.” I highly encourage you to skim through this article to understand the collaboration now underway between journalists and readers to increase transparency. I suggest you watch this short video that walks you through how readers can help pitch and write news stories.

Fighting For Facts

The radio program 1A created a thought provoking discussion called Fighting For The Facts: How To Tell What’s News And What’s Fiction. The 30-minute debate looks at how journalists can decode fake news by understanding why it exists and how it’s shared.

1A has since covered the topic in several shows. Here’s another interesting show called Can The Democracy Survive The Internet?

Take a look at how fake news affected politics and why people write and share fake news in the following articles:

  1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2016/11/17/facebook-fake-news-writer-i-think-donald-trump-is-in-the-white-house-because-of-me/?utm_term=.c20f47cf15d3
  2. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/25/world/europe/fake-news-donald-trump-hillary-clinton-georgia.html
  3. http://www.journalism.org/2016/12/15/many-americans-believe-fake-news-is-sowing-confusion/
  4. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/15/technology/google-will-ban-websites-that-host-fake-news-from-using-its-ad-service.html?_r=0
  5. https://www.wired.com/2016/11/facebook-won-trump-election-not-just-fake-news/
  6. https://www.cnet.com/news/facebook-google-fake-news-election-2016-trump-clinton/



Check out Poynter’s Fake News page dedicated to stories about fake news and resources to stop it.

Play the fake news game Factitious to test your judgment.

The American Press Institute is leading a project to improve fact-checking in journalism.

Verification online lesson: https://newslab.withgoogle.com/lesson/5710999223009280

Reverse Image Search online lesson: https://newslab.withgoogle.com/lesson/6351120209281024

Verify with Street View: https://newslab.withgoogle.com/lesson/6044738583003136





Published by JeanetteAbrahamsen

I am an instructional designer and TV news instructor at the University of South Florida. My passion for innovating learning led me to pursue my PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Instructional Technology. I love creating media to enhance eLearning and foster online engagement. I teach students to create multimedia stories for broadcast, web and social media platforms. I lead the Florida Focus class where students produce daily news shows that air on Tampa's PBS station. My reporting classes collaborated with Tampa's NPR station to produce award-winning stories. I am an Emmy Award-winning journalist. I produced thousands of hours of TV news in some of America's largest media markets at Tampa's NBC station, San Diego's ABC station and the San Diego Union-Tribune. I also produced immersive 360-degree virtual tours at the University of South Florida and reported for Hashtag Our Stories.

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