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Fake News: Readings and Assignments

Be a smarter news consumer. Tips for assessing quality and accuracy in reporting.

Assignment Ideas

  • Do a "claim check."  Identify a claim from a website or news story like "red wine prevents cancer." Find at least three articles to substantiate or refute the claim or provide deeper analysis of the claim. See if the articles cite their sources. 
  • Evaluate news sites with this worksheet.
  • Complete an analysis of a news article using this news literacy guide and exercise.

Suggested Books

Self Study

Calling Bullshit in the Age of Big Data
A course taught at the University of Washington in Spring 2017 by Dr. Carl Bergstrom (Biology Department) and Dr. Jevin West (Information School)

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