Visual & Media Literacy

"To Fix Fake News Look to Yellow Journalism"

This video TEDEd by Damon Brown offers a student-friendly explanation as well as strategies for analyzing news sources

Stephen Colbert 2005, on Fake News

Fake News & The Importance of Media Literacy

PRIMARY SOURCES VS. FAKE NEWS a comprehensive cogent chart that should be the "go to" reference on this topic.  From the articles, to the lessons listed, to the lens through which the issue can be critically examined, provides educators a formidable tool to combat the problem of fake news.  This is a handy primer to address an issue relevant to discussions about democracy.connects primary sources and fake news with articles, lessons and links

Skills and Strategies | Fake News vs. Real News: Determining the Reliability of Sources: Kathleen Schulten of the New York Times Learning Network shares tips, lessons and videos including the video above and a related lesson plan from TEDEd.

Fake News vs. Real News: Determining the Reliability of Sources NYTimes Learning Network

False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and Satirical “News” Sources: a dynamic Google Doc filled with tips from Melissa Zimdars, Assistant Professor of Communication and Media at Merrimack College.

Leonard Pitts article on fake news  suggested that fake news should “not to be confused with satirical news as seen on shows like ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘Last Week Tonight.’ Fake news is not a humorous comment on the news. Rather, fake news seeks to supplant the news, to sway its audience into believing all sorts of untruths and conspiracy theories, the more bizarre, the better.”
The Center for News Literacy from Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism, offers an impressive Digital Resources Center

How to Spot Fake News (and Teach Kids to Be Media-Savvy)

The Hidden Dangers of Social Media Fake News

Bogus List of Websites

Critical Think About the News Chart

Media Literacy & Fake News is a free lesson plan that is based on five C-SPAN videos featuring authors and other experts talking about the role of media in influencing how people think about political topics. The last video in the lesson plan features writers from The Onion talking about why they're disappointed when people believe their stories are real.

In this short (4-minute) audio NPR report, you can listen to Sam Wineburg discuss the findings of the study and suggest how teachers and librarians need to proceed in teaching the skills of news literacy:

"Fake News" Sites and Effects on Democracy

Clinton Watts on Fake News

Role of Media and Fake News

Satire vs Fake News

Media analysis Lessons

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