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Fake News, Fact-checking and Junk Science: Lifelong learning class at WFU: Week Four

This course will look into the issues surrounding fake news, fact-checking and junk science. We will look at creators, distributors, and consumers of misinformation (and disinformation) and how the Internet exacerbates and ameliorates the problems.

WEEK FOUR

Week Four

  • Journalism and Fact Checking

READ, WATCH, LISTEN, DO

Read:

 

Watch:

 

Listen:

 

Do:

Pick a story from this week's news and read about it on one of the following news outlets from each column - make notes about the differences you see in the coverage. Did they focus on different things? Did they reach different conclusions? Did they link to other information - if so, where did they send you?

 

Column A:

  • Occupy Democrats
  • Drudge Report

Column B:

  • NPR
  • Associated Press

Column C:

  • Info Wars
  • Red State

 

News Quality Chart

 

Fact Checking Resources

 

Google Slides Presentation

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