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Strategies to Spot False Information
Quick questions to ask yourself:
1. Who wrote this?
2. Who benefits from this?
3. Who is missing from this?
Directly taken from Wineburg, Sam, and Sarah McGrew. "Why Students Can't Google Their Way to the Truth."Education Week. Editorial Projects in Education, 08 Feb. 2017. Web. 15 Mar. 2017.
How Fact-Checkers do their job (and how you should too!):
"• Landing on an unfamiliar site, the first thing checkers did was to leave it. If undergraduates read vertically, evaluating online articles as if they were printed news stories, fact-checkers read laterally, jumping off the original page, opening up a new tab, Googling the name of the organization or its president. Dropped in the middle of a forest, hikers know they can't divine their way out by looking at the ground. They use a compass. Similarly, fact-checkers use the vast resources of the Internet to determine where information is coming from before they read it.
• Second, fact-checkers know it's not about "About." They don't evaluate a site based solely on the description it provides about itself. If a site can masquerade as a nonpartisan think tank when funded by corporate interests and created by a Washington public relations firm, it can surely pull the wool over our eyes with a concocted "About" page.
• Third, fact-checkers look past the order of search results. Instead of trusting Google to sort pages by reliability (which reveals a fundamental misunderstanding of how Google works), the checkers mined URLs and abstracts for clues. They regularly scrolled down to the bottom of the search results page in their quest to make an informed decision about where to click first."
10 Ways to Spot a Fake News Article-Click here to learn more
10 Questions for Fake News Detection-Click here to learn more
How to Reverse Image Search on Google-use this tool to determine if pictures are accurately represented
Created by Andrew Ellingsen and Shannon Horton for use in the Decorah Community School District. Based on the infographic originally created and shared by Vanessa Otero (@vlotero) on www.allgeneralizationsarefalse.com in December, 2016.