This free online course, a joint effort by Poynter's News University and the American Press Institute, is designed to impart the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to begin or improve a high-quality fact-checking program. The course takes 2-4 hours to complete.
PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. PolitiFact is run by editors and reporters from the Tampa Bay Times, an independent newspaper in Florida.
This highly regarded rumor analyzing site has been researching rumors since 1995.
FactCheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.
Open Secrets is run by the Center for Responsive Politics, an award-winning nonpartisan, independent, nonprofit organization that is the premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy.
Similar to Snopes but tighter in scope, Hoax-Slayer focuses on email hoaxes, identity theft scams and spam.
While focused primarily on political facts, this covers specific claims in-depth and with plenty of cross-referencing.
A professional networking website that you can use to look up authors to see if they are credible.
Use this app to double check the sources of images.
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Creation and Spread of Fake News
A sample of foreign-sponsored political ads presented by the House Intelligence Committee on November 1, 2017.
An increasing reliance on social media makes Americans more vulnerable to foreign propaganda.
About a fake story which was treated as real news. Traces some of the pipeline for developing and distributing fake news
An investigation into how profitable fake news can be.
Current news about fake news in Europe.
From a single Tweeter with 35 friends to being shared over 400,000 times through various forums, this article traces a Tweet made November 9th, 2016.
"Pizzagate" was a fake news story which connected a pizzeria with a child pornography ring allegedly run by Hillary Clinton and John Podesta. On Sunday, December 3, 2016, an armed shooter entered the pizzeria and fired a shot before being accosted by the police.
An examination of claims made by The Food Babe, with pointed analysis by professor Kevin Folta of the University of Florida
Effect of Fake News on Readers
Many students cannot tell fake news from real news.
Executive Summary of Evaluating Information: the Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning. You will want to read this!
Satire and humor make fake news stories easier to recall, but not to evaluate.
23% of Americans surveyed said they shared fake news.
This article discusses "post-truth", the idea that all news outlets will fail you eventually and it's impossible to know who to trust. It provides some commonsense advice on what to look for in a news outlet.
Experts offer suggestions for combating the spread of fake news.
Google and Facebook mull technological and policy changes to address the problem of fake news.
Covers a new theory about combating fake news known as "attitudinal inoculation" and follows two studies testing this method.