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News: Credible or Click-bait?


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Presentation on news literacy for advisors at the North Carolina Scholastic Media Institute, June 21, 2017. Offers ideas for high school journalism teachers on teaching how to evaluate news stories for credibility before sharing them.

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News: Credible or Click-bait?

  1. 1. Credible or Click bait? NCSMI, June 21, 2017 Stephanie Willen Brown Director, Park Library @ UNC’s School of Media & Journalism Image from
  2. 2. Writing Prompt • Do you think you could spot fake stories? • Why or why not? • Have you ever been factually fooled by a social media post? Image from:
  3. 3. What Are We Talking About? Hoax Propaganda Disinformation / Disinformatzya / Dezinformatsia / Dezinformatsiya Sponsored Content Fake News *Lügenpresse * Truthful Hyperbole * Manipulated Content * False Connection* False Context * Satire Mistakes  Corrections * Not defined in any Oxford dictionaries, as of March 29, 2017
  4. 4. What is the Problem? • Fake news • Alternative facts • Opinion / editorials • Evaluating information • Sponsored content • News literacy • Information literacy • Media literacy • (Social) media literacy What is the Solution? Instruction
  5. 5. What is the Solution?
  6. 6. How to Teach This? • Politically neutral • Active learning activity (or several) Images from:
  7. 7. Does this photo provide strong evidence about the conditions near the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant? Explain your reasoning.
  8. 8. 10 Questions for Fake News Detection
  9. 9. Tweets on March 22, 2015 Which is the best source of information about the chief’s resignation? Why?
  10. 10. SHEG Prompt: This article argues that many millennials need help with financial planning. What is one reason you might NOT trust this article?
  11. 11. Compare Two Stories
  12. 12. 3-page Checklist
  13. 13. Resources • Brown, Stephanie W. “Checking Facts.” UNC School of Media & Journalism, April 5, 2017. • Further resources on overcoming fake news • Lesson plans • Recommended fact checking sites • Sources for this presentation • Articles & podcasts about News Literacy: