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I Failed the Covington Catholic Test | AllSides. Media Misfires on Covington Catholic Story | AllSides. Hate Crimes Are Either Rare or Common, Depending on Your Bias. After the Jussie Smollett hate crime case was revealed to be a hoax, media outlets on both the left and the right seemed split as to whether or not hate crimes are a common or uncommon occurrence in the U.S. overall. In case you missed it, last week Jussie Smollett turned himself in after police uncovered that he had fabricated his initial hate crime report.

Smollett originally claimed two men beat him while making racial and homophobic remarks and yelling “This is MAGA country.” Police now believe Smollett, unsatisfied with his salary and seeking publicity, paid two brothers to stage the attack just a week after Smollett wrote himself a threatening letter. Smollett was charged with a felony crime of filing a false police report. The right largely condemned the news media and prominent Democratic politicians for uncritically accepting Smollett’s initial version of events and running with the story before all the facts were out. What the Right Says About Hate Crimes. Jussie Smollett’s alleged hate crime attack hoax and arrest, explained.

How anonymous tweets helped ignite a national controversy over MAGA-hat teens- The Washington Post. Timeline of the Jussie Smollett attack investigation. Rush to judgment in the Jussie Smollett case? SHEG Evaluating Information Online. Untitled. Steps for Evaluating the News - Evaluating News Resources - Research Guides at Rutgers University. Evaluating News Sources - Finding News and News Evaluation - LibGuides at University of Texas at Austin. For Educators — News Literacy Project. 6 Steps to Spot Fake News. Stanford History Education Group: Civic Online Reasoning. FactCheck.org - A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center.

NewsFeed Defenders. NewsFeed Defenders is a challenging online game that engages players with the standards of journalism, showing you how to spot a variety of methods behind the viral deception we all face today. Join a fictional social media site focused on news and information, and meet the challenge to level up from guest user to site admin. This can only be achieved by spotting dubious posts that try to sneak in through hidden ads, viral deception, and false reporting. In addition to maintaining a high-quality site, you are charged with growing traffic while keeping the posts on topic. Also available for iPad and Android tablets! The NewsFeed Defenders Extension Pack is now available! For the best play experience click Play Fullscreen to the upper right area of the screen. Factitious - A Game That Tests Your Ability to Spot Fake News. Factitious is a game for testing your skill at identifying fake and misleading news stories.

The game was developed by the American University Game Lab and the American University's School of Communication. I learned about the game last month when Larry Ferlazzo featured it and I have since shared it in a couple of professional development workshops. It was a hit in both workshops in which I shared it with teachers. To play Factitious simply go to the site and select quick start. You'll then see an article appear on the screen. Read through the article, click the source listed at the bottom, and then select either the green check mark or red X to indicate whether or not you think the article is a real news story.

Factitious does offer the option to create an account to save your progress in a game, but you don't need to create an account in order to play the game in "quick start" mode. NPR: Factitious Game. News & Media Literacy: 6–8. Websites on Media Literacy and Advertising. Can Your Students Recognize Bias? 7 Tips for Teaching Media Literacy. In today’s environment, media literacy is more important than ever. But the sparse research on the topic shows us that kids really struggle with identifying legitimate sources. This Stanford study found that 82 percent of middle school students couldn’t distinguish between a news story and one labeled as sponsored content. Another 80 percent assumed that an unsourced photo was proof of a misleading claim. So how can teachers help? The following ideas can help students learn to recognize bias and evaluate their sources more carefully. 1.

Talk about what fake news is. Put your students in groups and ask them to discuss the following questions: What is fake news? Just because the terms “fake news” and “news bias” are all over the news media doesn’t mean that your students know what they mean or why they matter. 2. Show your students the website All About Explorers: Christopher Columbus and ask them to locate information about him. 3. How do you know when a source is reliable? 4. 5. 6. 7. Can You Spot Fake News? A New Game Puts Your Knowledge to the Test. In 2017, misinformation is easier than ever to access. During the 2016 election, scammers—including hordes of Macedonian teens—raked in serious money by churning out deliberately fake stories about U.S. politics, with a very real impact. In a December 2016 Pew Research Center survey, 64 percent of U.S. adults said that fabricated news was sowing "a great deal of confusion" about current events. It can be hard to determine what’s real and what’s fake in the viral news world.

A new game—expected to launch for iPhone on July 10—will test your skills. The simple, arcade-style game for iPhone asks you to swipe left on fake headlines and swipe right on true ones. Fake News also exists as a physical arcade game. The game is harder than you’d expect, even if you think of yourself as fairly well-informed. One of the reasons Fake News is so hard, even if you keep abreast of everyday news, is that it doesn’t tell you where the headlines are from.

Quiz: Can You Tell Real News Headlines from Fake? | News Media Alliance. AllSides Media Bias Chart. Introducing the 2019 AllSides Media Bias Chart, an easy way for you to identify political bias in the news so you can be better equipped to navigate our increasingly polarized media landscape. (And don't miss our full and growing list of almost 600 media bias ratings).

Click here to share the media bias chart on Facebook Americans are more polarized than ever — if you’re like us, you see it in the news and on your social media feeds every day. Bias is natural, but hidden bias and fake news misleads and divides us. That’s why AllSides has rated the media bias of nearly 600 media outlets and writers. The AllSides Media Bias Chart shows the political bias of some of the most popular news outlets in America. The AllSides Media Bias Chart is more comprehensive in its methodology than any other media bias chart on the Web. Help to depolarize your newsfeed by sharing the media bias chart on Facebook, and check out commonly asked questions about the chart below. Where Can I Learn More? Mind Over Media. Media Education Documentary Films and Educational Resources. Media Literacy Now – Advocating for Media Literacy Education.

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