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Thu Aug 24, 2017, 11:08 AM


Fake News Podcast: Join anti-Alex Jones as he uncovers the corrosive effects of alternative facts

In an unfathomable political landscape, Oliver Chinyere is willing to trudge through the swamp to investigate the greatest racket of our time: Fake News. Decode the week’s articles, follow the biggest players, and go behind enemy lies with expert interviews and shamelessly incisive analysis. How deep will you get? How far does this crime go? Join the “anti-Alex Jones” as he uncovers the corrosive effects of alternative facts on our media, our democracy, and our minds.


Also there's this with lots of linked resources:

Can Librarians Save Us from Fake News?


Fake news "is not journalism that changes over time; it's not journalism in which a reporter conveys wrong information because sources have given that reporter wrong information; none of that is fake news," Schneider said. "That's the reality of imperfect journalism, day in and day out, trying to do the best it can." The distinction, Schneider added, is intent. When a news outlet or reporter sets out to purposefully deceive or mislead, or knowingly publishes fabricated information, that is fake news.


Mostly, librarians are fighting fake news with education. Schneider and the journalism school are partnering with the university's library to create a news and information workshop or tutorial. At the University of Michigan, a group of librarians have developed a "Fake News, Lies, and Propaganda" course for fall 2017.
Many libraries are now directly participating in curriculum development, said Julie Todaro, president of the American Library Association (ALA). Others have added "fake news" resources to their websites to teach news consumers to be more discerning.

"This is in our wheelhouse, this is what we've always done," Todaro said. "And we call it a variety of things—information literacy, information fluency."

Todaro often directs news consumers to the CRAAP test, a list of criteria put out by the Meriam Library at California State University, Chico. The test includes a list of several questions to ask in each of five categories: currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, and purpose.

She also suggests people view an online guide with over 2,000 pages of vetted information about fake news, or "alternative truth," and to her own library's website, which offers a tutorial on fake news.

"For us as librarians, this is exactly what we do," said Doreen Bradley, one of the librarians who helped with the course proposal. "We collect everything, whether we agree with that perspective or not."

What's the curriculum like for a fake news class? The Michigan librarians are not entirely sure yet. Ideally, students will learn to understand their own perspectives and realize no source or individual is completely objective. Instructors will also urge students to avoid contributing to the spread of fake news by pausing to verify information before sharing an article on social media, Bradley said.


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Thu Aug 24, 2017, 11:10 AM

1. Librarian vs, Fake News!


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Thu Aug 24, 2017, 11:11 AM

2. Librarians Vs Fake News - 1/31/17 Resources Mentioned Don't know how to spot a Fake? Check out these


Librarians Vs Fake News - 1/31/17 Resources Mentioned
Don't know how to spot a Fake? Check out these resources and stay informed!

Fact Checking Sites:

Politifact.com Pulitzer prize winning fact checking website
Factcheck.org A project from the Annenberg public policy center
Snopes.com The long-standing debunking website

Help! My News is Fake! LibGuides at Albuquerque and Bernalillo County Public Library http://abqlibrary.org/FakeNews
Zion-Benton Township High School Lib Guide- http://zbths.libguides.com/c.php?g=595054
Articles and Websites:

Alvarez, Barbara. “Public Libraries in the Age of Fake News” Public Libraries, January 11, 2017.
Understanding Fake News. Blog entry by Bruce Brigell, Skokie Public Library (includes a list of browser plug-ins) https://skokielibrary.info/blog/88/understanding-fake-news/
Here are all the Fake News Sites to Watch Out for On Facebook. The Daily Dot, Nov. 16, 2016 http://www.dailydot.com/layer8/fake-news-sites-list-facebook/
Joyce Valenza Post- http://blogs.slj.com/neverendingsearch/2016/11/26/truth-truthiness-triangulation-and-the-librarian-way-a-news-literacy-toolkit-for-a-post-truth-world/
News Literacy Project- http://www.thenewsliteracyproject.org/
Common Sense Media- https://www.commonsensemedia.org/

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Thu Aug 24, 2017, 11:14 AM

3. The CRAAP TEST: https://www.csuchico.edu/lins/handouts/eval_websites.pdf


Evaluation Criteria
Currency: The timeliness of the information.
 When was the information published or posted?
 Has the information been revised or updated?
 Does your topic require current information, or will older sources work as well?
Are the links functional?
Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs.
 Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?
 Who is the intended audience?
 Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too elementary or advanced for your needs)?
 Have you looked at a variety of sources before determining this is one you will use?
 Would you be comfortable citing this source in your research paper?
Authority: The source of the information.
 Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
 What are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations?
 Is the author qualified to write on the topic?
 Is there contact information, such as a publisher or email address?
Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source?
examples: .com .edu .gov .org .net
Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content.
 Where does the information come from?
 Is the information supported by evidence?
 Has the information been reviewed or refereed?
 Can you verify any of the information in another source or from personal knowledge?
 Does the language or tone seem unbiased and free of emotion?
 Are there spelling, grammar or typographical errors?
Purpose: The reason the information exists.
 What is the purpose of the information? Is it to inform, teach, sell, entertain or persuade?
 Do the authors/sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear?
 Is the information fact, opinion or propaganda?
 Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?
 Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional or personal biases


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