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January 23 -27, 2023: National News Literacy Week.  "This annual event underscores the vital role of news literacy in a democracy and provides audiences with the knowledge, tools and abilities to become more news-literate." Check the link to register for online events.



AP Fact Check   Includes a series: "Not real news: A look at what didn't happen this week" 

RumorGuard - from the News Literacy Project 

RadioLab. Breaking News. podcast..  Discusses new technological capabilities to fake voice in videos. The episode concludes with the development of a fake audio of Barack Obama - not quite perfect... yet(!) (Re-broadcast September 2022).

Farmer, Lesley.  (2022, April 18).  Visual literacy and fake news: Gaining a visual voice. Students in Technology Enhanced Learning.  Use visual literacy to trace the information cycle for fake news and images. 

Poynter Institute. Tompkins, Al (2022, February 24).  How to spot video and photo fakes as Russia invades Ukraine.


More articles - most recent articles are first:

Ohlheiser, A. (2022, August 11).  Google examines how different generations handle misinformation.  MIT Technology Review.  [This article discusses lateral reading to check up on information - and GenZ is better at it than other generations.]

Aspen Institute (2021, November 15).  Commission on Information Disorder Final Report.. "America is in a crisis of trust and truth. Bad information has become as prevalent, persuasive, and persistent as good information, creating a chain reaction of harm."

Stoddard, J., Tunstall, J., Walker, L., & Wight, E. (2021). Teaching beyond verifying sources and “fake news”: Critical media education to challenge media injustices. Journal of Media Literacy Education, 13(2), 55-70.

Huguet, Alice, Garrett Baker, Laura S. Hamilton, and John F. Pane, Media Literacy Standards to Counter Truth Decay. RAND Corporation

Southern Connecticut State University. Butler Library. Critical thinking: Conspiracy theories, fake news, hoaxes, urban legends, and moral panics.

Wineburg, S., Breakstone, J., Ziv, N, & Smith, M. (2020, October 21). Educating for misunderstanding: How approaches to teaching digital literacy make students susceptible to scammers, rogues, bad actors, and hate mongers. Working paper A-21322. Stanford History Education Group. 

Kaplan, Juliana. (2020, May 17). Inside the surreal Twitter world of Steak-umm, a frozen-meat company that's become an unlikely crusader against coronavirus conspiracies — and a darling of the scientists looking for the cure. Business Insider

 Szakács, Judit. The business of disinformation. EUROZINE.  (April 24, 2020) ["Disinformation is not always ideologically motivated"]

Ordway, Denise-Marie. Rated false: Here’s the most interesting new research on fake news and fact-checking.  January 10, 2020 


LogicCheck: an educational web site that uses the news of the day to illustrate the steps and skills required to become a thoughtful consumer of the news." Jonathan Haber has set up to check "not only facts, but the arguments into which facts fit." 

 MediaWell:  An initiative of the Social Science Research Council "to make academic research on dis- and misinformation available to a wider audience."

Articles about fake news

Bilton, Ricardo (2017, February 2). Reddit’s /r/worldnews community used a series of nudges to push users to fact-check suspicious news [An approach to checking for fake news: A combination of fact-checking, rating news sources - using algorithms and users. Full report of this study]


Dewey, C. (2016, November 17).  Facebook face-news writer: 'I think Donald Trump is in the White House because of me.'  The Washington Post. [One of many articles about Paul Horner, a comedian who makes money by posting fake news on Facebook. Where does the money come from?? Ads!]


Domonoske, C. (2016, November 23). Students have a dismaying inability to tell fake news from real, study finds.    


Downes, Stephen. (2016, November 21). Post truth and fake news [Blog post]. [Stephen Downes is an Canadian educator.In 1995 he put out a website on logical fallacies that is archived in various places on the Web.  See  (I hope he is being facetious about taking down satirical sites like The Onion.)  ]


​Gershon, L. (2016, November 16).  Ninteenth-century clickbait.  JSTOR Daily.   [Fake and/or misleading information is not necessarily a new phenomenon.]

Journalists Resource Center.  Fake news and the spread of mis-information [Compiled by JRC writer: Denise-Marie Ordway ]
Kang, C. (2016, November 21).  Fake news onslaught targets pizzeria as nest of child-trafficking. New York Times [Comet Ping Pong, Pizzagate]

Maheshwair, S. (2016, November  11).  How fake news goes viral:  A case study.  New York Times.


McCoy, T.  (2016, November 20).  For the 'new yellow journalists,' opportunity comes in clicks and bucks. The Washington Post[“LibertyWritersNews illustrates how websites can use Facebook to tap into a surging ideology, quickly go from nothing to influencing millions of people and make big profits in the process.”]


Sample, Ian. (2020, January 13). What are deepfakes - and how can you spot them?  The Guardian


Shane, S. (2017, January 18).  From headline to photograph, a fake news masterpiece. New York Times


Spector, Carrie. (2017, October 4).  Stanford scholars observe 'experts' to see how they evaluate the credibility of information online Stanford. Graduate School of Education.   "The fact checkers read laterally, meaning they would quickly scan a website in question but then open a series of additional browser tabs, seeking context and perspective from other sites."


Skwarecki, B. (2017, October 2). How to spot lies on social media after a mass shootingLifehacker. [Written after the mass shooting in Las Vegas, October 1, 2017).


Woolf, C. (2016, November 16). Kids in Macedonia made up and circulated many false news stories in the US election. PRI's The World. [Why did kids in Macedonia make up false news stories?  Money!  Where does the money come from? Ads!]


Other Interesting Articles


Fister, B. (2021, February 3).  Lizard people in the library. PIL Provocation Series, No. 1,  Project Information Literacy. 

Google adds "Fact-Check"

April 2017:   Google has added a "fact-check" label to large news stories. See


Breaking News: From On The Media

"In the immediate aftermath, news outlets will get it wrong."  

"Don't trust anonymous sources."  

"Compare multiple sources."

See Breaking News Consumer's Handbook and the Evaluating Sources tab for more

Let's Make Some Fake News!

Want some tips on creating fake news?  See...

Jacksfilms.  Fake News: Let’s fool the world! (YIAY #314)   YouTube (Comedy) 

Media Literacy

"Media literacy education is not about revealing to students the “true” or “correct” or “hidden” meaning of media messages, nor is it about identifying which media messages are “good” and which ones are “bad.” In media literacy education, media analysis is an exploration of riches, rather than “right” readings."   NAMLE (National Association for Media Literacy):  Letter from the Executive Director