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Fake News: Avoiding Fake News

Rosalind Tedford

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Credit

Thank you to Penn State, Harvard University, and Indiana University East for providing inspiration for some elements in this guide.

Avoiding Fake News

Break out of the filter bubble!

Confirmation Bias - Pursuing information that reassures or reflects a person’s particular point of view.
(Stony Brook Center for News Literacy. “Glossary: The Language of News Literacy.” Digital Resource Center, bit.ly/2mQcKco.)

It's easier than ever to avoid seeing information that disagrees with our own point of view. The problem is worse online, where websites like Facebook and Google News automatically give us information based on what we have liked in the past. How can you avoid falling into the confirmation bias trap?

Be intentional about how you gather your news
Don't rely on your friends to share it, or on one channel or news aggregator to provide it to you.

Seek out news from diverse sources
Read authors from a variety of political affiliations, identities, classes, nations, and more.

Read skeptically
If something seems suspicious, look it up! Don't share anything reflexively.

Beware Online Filter Bubbles

How to Choose Your News

Media Review Sites

News Gathering Tools

Debunking Tools

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