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Fake News Vs. Real News

Decription, links, and resources for distinguishing real from fake news and avoiding alternative facts


 How Fake News Gets into Our Minds, and What You Can Do to Resist It 

  • Jullian Matthews:


The Grim Conclusions of the Largest-Ever Study of Fake News

  • Robinson Meyer: The Atlantic


Fighting Fake News: How libraries Can Lead the Way

  • Marcus Banks: American Library Magazine


News Use Across Social Media Platforms

  • Jeffrey Gottfried and Elisa Shearer: Pew Research Center


Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning (Executive Summary)

  • Sam Wineburg, Sarah McGrew, Joel Breakstone, and Teresa Ortega: Stanford University


Fake news on Facebook is a real problem. These College Students Came up with a Fix in 36 Hours

  • Colby Itkowitz: Washington Post


Critical-Thinking Skills for the 21st Century

  • Peter Adams: Edutopia


The Truth About Fake News

  • Anna Kucirkova:



The Fact Checker’s Guide for Detecting Fake News

Glenn Kessler, Washington Post

November 22, 2016

"Combating the spread of fake news begins with you, the reader. If it seems too fantastic, it probably is. Please think before you share." *



Ted Talk: Markham Nolan: How to Separate Fact and Fiction Online

“At the TEDSalon in London, Markham Nolan shares the investigative techniques he and his team use to verify information in real-time, to let you know if that Statue of Liberty image has been doctored or if that video leaked from Syria is legitimate.” *

Jon Stewart on Humor and an Informed Public

Bill Moyers Journal

Films on Demand database at the Cañada College Library

“. . . In this program, veteran journalist Bill Moyers interviews Steward, the long-standing anchor of the award-winning Daily Show with Jon Stewart, about why so many views get their news and analysis from his fake news show.” *



Ted-Ed Talk: How to Choose Your News – Damon Brown

Damon Brown

June 05, 2014                                           

“. . . How do we choose which news to consume? Damon Brown gives the inside scoop on how the opinions and facts (and sometimes non-facts) make their way into the news and how the smart reader can tell them apart.





We Tracked Down a Fake-News Creator in the Suburbs. Here's What We Learned.


Originally aired on NPR's All Things Considered

Laura Sydell

November 23, 2016 (7:33 minutes)



*All descriptive quotes provided by the webpage.