• Researching Strategies and Media Literacy

    A Stanford University study released in November 2016 "found that 82% of middle school respondents were unable to distinguish between a real news story and an ad labeled “sponsored content.”  Referenced from article by David Tomar  

    Lessons focusing on being safe, critical consumers of various media.digital media

    Fact Checking Resources

    • Snopes.com: a checker for rumors and stories you might hear or read on the Internet. How to spot fake news

    • Sourcewatch: published by The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) a nonprofit watchdog and advocacy organization and checks for media bias

    • Political Fact Checking Resources

      • Politifact: fact-checks claims by politicians at the federal, state, and local level, as well as political parties, PACs, and advocacy groups. 

      • FactCheck.org: fact-checks claims made by the president, members of Congress, presidential candidates, and other members of the political arena. 

      • Washington Post's Fact Checker: assesses claims made by politicians or political advocacy groups and rates the level of accuracy with "Pinocchios."

    Things to Consider When Consuming Media

    • 5C’s of Identifying Fake News: John Spencer 
      1. Context - When was it written? Where does it come from? Have the events changed since then? Is there any new information that could change your perspective?

      2. Credibility - Does the author cite credible sources? Is it an advertisement posing as a real news story?

      3. Construction- What is the bias? Any omissions that you should look out for? 

      4. Corroboration: Make sure it’s not the only source making the claim. 

      5. Compare: Find other credible sources from other perspectives.

    • Media Literacy: Five Ways Teachers are Fighting Fake News. Scott Bedley's 7 point checklist
      1. Do you know who the source is, or was it created by a common or well-known source? 

      2. How does it compare to what you already know?

      3. Does the information make sense? Do you understand the information?

      4. Can you verify that the information agrees with three or more other reliable sources?

      5. Have experts in the field been connected to it or authored the information?

      6. How current is the information?

      7. Does it have a copyright?

    Fake News and Misinformation: resources from the University of Michigan related to mass media, communication, social media, etc.