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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 a variety of reasons. Today it is easy to edit articles, photos, and videos which can be misleading. Also, one must look at the ownership of the newspaper or publication, as that will affect 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 website and other sources. Review this interactive tutorial to determine whether the news is fake or real.

It is also a good practice to read articles from different viewpoints (ie, the left, center, the right). A good website is: All Sides. Another good resource is Media Bias which shows you the least to most biased publications and left, centrist, and right viewpoints.

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