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Library information and resources for Kushlani de Soyza's WS 201 class

Class Outcomes

Class Outcomes

By the end of the class student should be able to:

  • define fake news
  • articulate 5-6 different types of misinformation
  • identify tools for identifying the bias of news sources
  • identify 3-4 techniques for determining the realness/fakeness of a news story

Part One

Students will  works in groups to examine and analyze news stories from different sources.

Part Two

Students will find a credible article from a mainstream news source that addresses any women’s human rights issue.

Definition of Fake News

Common Definitions of Fake News

  • News articles that are intentionally and verifiably false and could mislead readers

Hunt Alcott, NUY & Matthew Gentzhow, Stanford

  • News on the Internet as fictious articles deliberately fabricated to deceive readers, generally with the goal of profiting through clickbait.

New York Times

  • “Fake news is usually a mixture of truth and falsity…”
  •  “You’ll have some facts, and [they are combined with] some made up story that will be in accordance with your already biased partisanship.”
  • “Although fake news is a relatively new ‘buzzword’, the problem of unchecked, misrepresented or untrue information has a long history.”

Vincent F. Hendricks, director of the Center for Information and Bubble Studies (CIBS) University of Copenhagen.
Author of Infostorms: Why Do We ‘Like’? Explaining Individual Behavior on the Social Net

Common Types of Fake/Bogus news

Types of Misinformation

Misinformation comes wrapped in many types of packages. Here are just a few:

intentionally false/bogus
unintentionally misleading
poor reporting
bad research
bad science
click bait
pure propaganda
sponsored content
conspiracy theories

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