Combating Misinformation; keeping it real in an age of fake news.
Being a news consumer means learning how to spot fake or misleading information.

What is fake news?

Fake news is false or misleading information presented as fact with the aim of damaging the reputation of a person or business or making money through ad revenue. It is not limited to one political party. It is not news you disagree with.

Understanding Bias

There are many forms of bias that play a role in how we search for, consume, understand, and remember information.

-Media Bias is the bias of the journalist and/or the news producers that affects how the information is reported. Some sources are more conservative or liberal, skewing how they present their stories. Try to choose sources that are consistently neutral in their reporting. Check out this source for media ratings: Media Bias Ratings
-Explicit Biases are prejudices toward certain groups that we are aware of. Overt racism is an example of explicit bias.
-Implicit Bias is prejudice toward certain groups that we are unaware or unconscious of, but that influence our behavior.
-Confirmation Bias- is the tendency to search for, interpret, favor and recall information that confirms or supports our already existing beliefs or values.

This is why it is important that we are getting information from multiple sources.

How to spot fake news: Consider the source, read beyond headlines, check the author, read sources, check the date, is it satire, check your biases, ask experts
A quick guide for spotting fake news

Fact Checking Resources

Use these sites for fact checking news: