Fake News: Home

What is fake news?

  • Information that contains clearly and demonstrably false information.
  • Information from sources/organizations who do not care about their long term reputation.

The Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University is currently running a MOOC called Making Sense of the News: News Literacy Lessons for Digital Citizens. It is free if you choose to audit the class.

Some keywords to search:

  • journalism AND objectivity
  • "journalistic ethics"
  • "media bias"
  • "critical thinking"
  • reasoning
  • fallacies
  • "fake news"
  • "story framing" OR "framing the news"

News framing

Framing. The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business. 14 Nov. 2012, youtu.be/Bv3dPd2iwB4.

Key steps

Evaluating Sources

  • Who?  Who is the author of this source? Are they qualified to write/speak on the subject? Are they biased in any way?
  • What is the source? Does it have a title? Is it a primary or secondary source? Is it authoritative or trustworthy?
  • How was the source produced? Who is the publisher or sponsoring organization? 
  • Where did you find the source? Was it through a library databases or through an internet search engine that may list results in a biased or weighted manner?
  • When was the source published?  Has it been replaced or updated?

<i>MLA Handbook. </i>8th ed., Modern Language Association, 2016, pp. 11-12.


"Be not apt to relate News if you know not the truth thereof." - George Washington

Washington, George. Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation. Washington D.C., W.H. Morrison, 1888, Rule #79, p. 29, www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=6&ved=0ahUKEwizr9PFgcfSAhWn24MKHSgBCysQFghOMAU&url=http%3A%2F%2Flcweb2.loc.gov%2Fservice%2Fgdc%2Fscd0001%2F2010%2F2010_01%2F20100519003wa%. Accessed 8 Mar. 2017.

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Make America Information Literate Again

Liu, Arthur Wayne. "Make America Information Literate Again." 21 Jan. 2017, 5:34 p.m., Facebook, accessed 22 Jan. 2017.