Fake news resources

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Politifact. A frequently-updated, politically-focused fact-checking site from the Poynter Institute.

AllSides. A helpful site for examining the political biases of different news outlets. Includes a user-checked Media Bias Rating system and up-to-date coverage of contemporary, contentious issues.

Web Literacy for Student Fact-checkers. An open-access textbook on web-based media literacy written by Prof. Mike Caulfield (@holden on Twitter). His blog, Hapgood, is also a helpful resource for the latest on media literacy.

On the Media. An excellent weekly 50-min podcast on WNYC that discussed all things media related and how current events are covered. I especially appreciate its historical perspectives and accessible interviews with scholars from a variety of expertise.

“Fake News: An Origin Story” (2018, 27 min). Podcast episode from Hidden Brain (NPR). This is a helpful, short episode showing how fake news is not new, but a phenomena that has historically kept up with new media.

“The Business of Internet Outrage” (2018, 26 min). Podcast episode from The Daily (NY Times). Also a short episode that provides a peek into how small, self-published hyper-partisan websites profit from our division.

The Great Hack (2019, 113 min). Documentary from Netflix that explains how the data we input on the social web is used without our knowledge, control, and often against our own interests.

Digital Disconnect (2018, 90 min). Documentary on Kanopy, free to libraries, that is based on the book by the same name by communications professor Robert McChesney. He drives the narrative, providing a historic look at fake news, surveillance, and other the problems with the web and new media.