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Some Tips for Staying Sane in a World of Fake News
The Pew Research Center states that 63% of Americans get their news from Face Book and Twitter. Be part of the 37% who gain their information from non-social media sites.
Here are some bullet points from FactCheck.Org “How to Spot Fake News” Nov 18, 2016 by Eugene Kiely and Lori Robertson.
· Consider the Source; Snopes.com maintains a list of known fake news websites
· Read beyond the headline
· Check the author; besides the author page, use Linkedin or Google to see if other articles on the topic have been written by the same person
· What’s the support; fake news creators are good at coming up with official sounding titles for things – like the “Crime Statistics Bureau – San Francisco” that do not exist
· Is it satire in disguise as news?
· Check your own biases; this is tough, but fake news is written to set off emotions. Sometimes we are willing to believe the unbelievable if it confirms our own biases.
There are some teaching tools for educators and parents to share with students. The Albuquerque Public Library has a nice guide http://abqlibrary.org/FakeNews So does the News Literacy Project http://www.thenewsliteracyproject.org/