FYSS: Fake News: Don't Fall for It

  The following is a list of resources in order of use in the First Year Success Seminar Fake News: Don't Fall for It


Steinmetz, Katy. “'Fake News' Is Being Added to the Dictionary.” Time, Time, 27 Sept. 2017, time.com/4959488/donald-trump-fake-news-meaning/.

Kirby, Emma Jane. “The City Getting Rich from Fake News.” BBC News, BBC, 5 Dec. 2016, www.bbc.com/news/magazine-38168281.

Kiely, Eugene, and Lori Robertson. “How to Spot Fake News.” FactCheck.org, Annenberg Public Policy Center, 19 Dec. 2016, www.factcheck.org/2016/11/how-to-spot-fake-news/.

“How to Spot Fake News.” IFLA, International Federation of Library Associations, 27 Jan. 2017, www.ifla.org/publications/node/11174.

Otero, Vanessa. “The Chart, Second Edition: What Makes A News Source ‘Good?’” All Generalizations Are False, Wordpress, 18 Aug. 2017, www.allgeneralizationsarefalse.com/the-chart-second-edition

Perez, Sarah. “Facebook, Google and Others Join The Trust Project, an Effort to Increase Transparency around Online News.” TechCrunch, TechCrunch, 16 Nov. 2017, techcrunch.com/2017/11/16/facebook-google-and-others-join-the-trust-project-an-effort-to-increase-transparency-around-online-news/.

“International Fact-Checking Day - April 2, 2019.” YouTube, Poynter Institute, 29 Mar. 2019, youtu.be/nBhx3p9kbW0.


Activity #1  Consider the Source

Look at the list of headlines and sources below.  Which are fact-based news and which are fake news?

1.United Airlines Passenger Given Parachute and Ordered to Leave Plane Mid-Flight                                                                   Source:  Real News Right Now

2.Charlottesville Killer Was Hillary Supporter, Funded by Soros                                                                                                      Source:  YourNewsWire.com

3.Singer Celine Dion Says: "I Can't Even Look At An American Flag Any More, I Hate This Country." Do You Support Her?        Source USADailyNewsPosts.com

4.South Korea Plans 'Decapitation Unit' to Try to Scare North's Leaders                                                                                         Source: New York Times

5.Study: Majority of Americans Fantasize About Other Countries During National Anthem                                                              Source: The Onion

6.Minnesota University Teaches Philosophy Through Harry Potter                                                                                                   Source: Associated Press



Fact Checking https://youtu.be/nBhx3p9kbW0

Great Sites to Check for Accuracy


Lead Stories




Activity #2 It's Just Not That Hard to be Accurate

Put these headlines into a search engine, how long does it take you to determine the accuracy? Which are true and which are false?


1. Marilyn Manson Dies from Injuries Sustained during Show |BREAKING NEWS

2. Man Arrested After Selling Farts In Jars Without A Vending License

3. Eating Alligator in New Orleans Could Help Save the Wetlands of Louisiana

4. Five-foot long tapeworm came 'wiggling out' of man's body after he ate sushi



Now for your final test.  Can YOU spot Fake News?

Activity #3 Take the Factitious News Quiz

Factitious: A Game that Tests Your News Sense