How to tell fake news from real news
In November 2016, Stanford University researchers made an alarming discovery: across the US, many students can’t tell the difference between a reported news article, a persuasive opinion piece, and a corporate ad. This lack of media literacy makes young people vulnerable to getting duped by “fake news” — which can have real consequences. Want to strengthen your own ability to tell real news from fake news? Start by asking these five questions of any news item: Who wrote it? Real news contains the real byline of a real journalist dedicated to the truth. What claims does it make? When was it published? Where was it published? How does it make you feel? If you get in the habit of asking all 5 of these questions whenever you read a news article, then your basic news literacy skills will start to grow stronger. Laura McClure is an award-winning journalist and the TED-Ed Editor.
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