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Facts Matter: Counteracting Fake News

How to spot Fake News

How to sport fake news poster

How to sport fake news

Consider the source

Click away from the story to investigate the site, its mission and its contact info.

Read Beyond

Headlines can be outrageous in an effort to get clicks. What's the whole story?

Check the author

Do a quick search on the author. Are they credible? Are they real?

Supporting sources?

Click on those links. Determine if the info given actually supports the story.

Check the date

Re-posting old news stories doesn't mean they're relevant to current events.

Is it a joke?

If it is too outlandish, it might be satire.  Research the site and author to be sure.

Check your biases

Consider if you own beliefs could affect your judgment.

Ast the experts

Ask a librarian, or consult a fact-checking site.

Myth vs reality

This BBC Fake News quiz enables you to test whether you can distinguish fact from fiction

British newspaper biases

Image credit: Smith, M. (2017) 'How left or right-wing are the UK’s newspapers?', YouGov, 7 March.

War of the Worlds, 1938

War of the worlds newspaper report

New York Times (1938), 'Radio Listeners in Panic, Taking War Drama as Fact', 31 Oct, p. 1.

Hillsborough Disaster, 1989 and 2016

The Sun: Hillsborough reports

The Sun (2016), 'We are sorry for our gravest error', 13 Sept.

Weapons of Mass Destruction, 2003

Weapons of Mass Destruction newspaper report

The Times (2003), 'What they said about weapons of mass destruction: - In brief', 25 April, p. 17.