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Don't Take the Clickbait: Practical Ways to Recognize and Fight Fake News


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Instruction librarians Emily Carlin and Darcy Gervasio of SUNY Purchase College discuss combating fake news and promoting media literacy in the “post-truth” era. They share their experiences teaching an information literacy program titled “Don’t Take the Clickbait: Practical Ways to Recognize and Fight Fake News.” Learn about using hands-on activities to promote critical thinking about news sources, and different strategies to help and encourage library patrons to fight the spread of fake news and misinformation.

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Don't Take the Clickbait: Practical Ways to Recognize and Fight Fake News

  1. 1. “Don’t take the clickbait” Darcy I. Gervasio & Emily Carlin Purchase College Library, SUNY How to lead a “fake news” teach-in Webinar August 16, 2017
  2. 2. Hello!Darcy Gervasio - Reference Coordinator Emily Carlin - Outreach Librarian
  3. 3. At the end of this webinar, you will have the tools to:  Use hands-on activities to promote critical thinking about news sources  Help and encourage library patrons to fight the spread of fake news and misinformation  View fake news programming through the lens of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy
  4. 4. The guides are everywhere! ★ IFLA has a handout in multiple languages ★ Fordham University Library LibGuide focuses on “reputable sources” too ★ Albuquerque Public Library Guide to Fake News ★ “Breaking News Consumer Handbook” from WNYC
  5. 5. Advertising idea! Circulate a “fake” campus or library newsletter
  6. 6. What is a teach-in?  “A prolonged public debate about a subject of topical interest conducted by persons having a special knowledge of the subject” (The Macquarie Dictionary).  “An extended session, as on a college or university campus, for lectures and discussions on an important, usually controversial issue” (American Heritage Dictionary)  “An informal conference, esp. on a topical subject, usually held at a university or college and involving a panel of visiting speakers, lecturers, students, etc.” (Collins English Dictionary)
  7. 7. Examples include: satire, memes, & sensationalized news (aka “clickbait”)
  8. 8.  tineye   findexif  imageedited  fotoforensics
  9. 9. ➔ Use Ad Blockers & private windows when investigating claims ➔ Disable ad blockers on legit news WEBsites
  10. 10. Place your screenshot here FACT-CHECK APPS This is Fake (Chrome Extension) Check This by MetaCert (Chrome) B.S. Detector (Chrome & Firefox)
  11. 11.  Comparing the group’s chart to the original sparks conversation about bias, consensus, authority  Breaks students away from binary thinking  Chart makes a great at- a-glance assessment
  12. 12. Important Take-Aways About the “Post-Truth” Era:  Fake news exists on a continuum.  Bias doesn’t always mean untrustworthy/unfactual.  Self-awareness can help you resist confirmation bias.  Take action! You are not helpless consumers.  The truth is knowable… even if it’s complex.
  13. 13. Fake news & the ACRL Framework Authority Is Constructed & Contextual What sources are trustworthy? How can you tell? Information Creation as a Process Journalism has professional practices, ethics, and standards. Information Has Value What are the financial incentives to create clickbait? Research as Inquiry Question your biases: investigate & verify news in your feed Scholarship as Conversation Seek out news across the political spectrum; track down the original source of quotes, statistics, etc Searching as Strategic Exploration Use various tools to determine the truth of what you read
  14. 14. Tips for hosting A teach-in!  You’re already an expert  It can happen any time; doesn’t require “new” resources  Partner with faculty in history, poli sci, media studies, journalism, etc.  Join larger campus events, lecture series, forums, etc.
  15. 15.  Keep examples current  Draw examples from across the political spectrum  Focus on dialog & hands-on activities  Discuss the emotional, not just rational, side of fake news  Present solutions, not problems! Give participants tools to fight misinformation.
  16. 16. Help yourself to our resources! On Google Drive: ACRL Framework Sandbox: Contact us:
  17. 17. Special thanks to the people who helped us and released these awesome resources for free:  Virginia Breen and Donna Cornachio, Journalism professors at Purchase College  Vanessa Otero, creator of the Media Bias chart  METRO New York Library Council, for hosting a 3-hour fake news workshop for librarians  Jocelyn Swick-Jemison, Reference Librarian at Daemon College  Presentation template by SlidesCarnival
  18. 18. Join our next two Credo in Action Webinars! Pre-search to research: Credo as 'Academic Google' August 23rd @ 2PM ET 10 Creative Activities to Support Student Engagement Using Credo August 30th @ 2PM ET