Fake news? Real news?

Melissa Zimdars

Melissa Zimdars

Have you wondered whether the news you and your friends and family are reading on-line is real or fake? Melissa Zimdars, an assistant professor of communication and media at Merrimack College, has compiled a list of Misleading, Clickbait-y, and/or Satirical “News” Sources, along with tips for analyzing sources.  It can be found here.

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3 Responses to Fake news? Real news?

  1. Diane Owens says:

    Have seen lots of questionable links shared on FB. Wouldn’t it be great if everyone took a second to check the source of these postings before sharing them? If even a fraction of news “consumers” took this responsibility on, we could help prevent fake news from going viral unchallenged. As Ross Ramsey writes, “In new media age, every reader has to be an editor.” https://www.texastribune.org/2016/12/02/analysis-in-new-media-age-every-reader-has-to-be-a/

  2. Hamilton Richards says:

    NPR’s All Tech Considered has a story on fake news, “Fake Or Real? How To Self-Check The News And Get The Facts” http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2016/12/05/503581220/fake-or-real-how-to-self-check-the-news-and-get-the-facts

  3. Joanne Richards says:

    Steve Inskeep has written “A Finder’s Guide To Facts”. As he points out:

    “What we all need, as citizens, is to develop more skill in applying our skepticism. We need to spot false narratives, and also turn aside those who would replace them with pure fiction. Either we get this right or we cease to be free citizens.”

    Here’s a link to his entire article:
    http://www.npr.org/2016/12/11/505154631/a-finders-guide-to-facts

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