News Bias ("Fake News"): PowerPoint Presentation

PowerPoint Presentation

The image shows a typewritten headline on white paper "Fake News'. This Creative Commons image is licensed as CC BY-SA 3.0. This PowerPoint discusses the prevalence of fake news, different types of fake news, critical thinking skills in judging information, and resources. We have always had "fake news," but social media makes it viral, spreading easily and fast before corrections can be made. Even reputable news sources can be prone to inaccurate reporting for various reasons. It is easy to edit articles, photos, and videos today, which can be misleading. Also, one must look at the ownership of the newspaper or publication, as that will affect the viewpoints of the editors and journalists.

It is important to use a critical lens when reading news items. Information for this PowerPoint comes from the programming librarian's website and other sources. 

Reading articles from different viewpoints (i.e., left, center, and right) is also good practice. A good website is: All Sides. Another good resource is this Media Bias infographic which shows you the least to most biased publications and left, centrist, and right viewpoints.

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