Media Literacy*

*How to access and evaluate information in the media.
What is fake news?  Watch these videos and read the information on this page to learn the difference between news that is fake and news that is biased or otherwise skewed or slanted.
Use the ABCD Method for evaluating websites to determine the accuracy and validity of the information on the website.
What makes a news story fake?  
1. It can't be verified:
A fake news article may or may not have links in it tracing its sources; if it does, these links may not lead to articles outside of the site's domain or may not contain information pertinent to the article topic.
2. Fake news appeals to emotion:
Fake news plays on your feelings - it makes you angry or happy or scared.  This is to ensure you won't do anything a pesky as fact-checking.
3. Authors usually aren't experts:
Most authors aren't even journalists, but paid trolls.
4. It can't be found anywhere else:
If you look up the main idea of a fake news article, you might not find any other news outlet (real or not) reporting on the issue.
5. Fake news comes from fake sites:
Did your article come from abcnews.com.co?  Or mercola.com?  Realnewsrightnow.com?  These and a host of other URLs are fake news sites.
 
Use these sites to check facts.

One of the oldest debunking sites on the Internet, Snopes.com focuses on urban legends, news stories, and memes. They also cite their sources at the end of each debunking.

A professional networking website where you can look up the authors of articles and books to see if they're credible.

A product of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, this site is terrific for checking up on political claims.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Politifact researches the claims of politicians and checks their accuracy.

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