Understanding Fake News

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Online news comes in many shapes and sizes, from traditional outlets like TV and print journalism gone digital, to newer, online-only platforms: social media, blogs, podcasts, and more. The internet offers us a wider variety of information and perspectives than ever before—but also presents us with new challenges when it comes to accuracy and authenticity.

According to a 2019 Pew Research Center study, 34% of American adults now prefer to get their news online. We know that for our tech-savvy students, this number is even higher. But how can we ensure that the information they access online is credible and reliable?

Short of fact-checking every single article our students read online (which is impossible), we can’t. What we can do is train our students to be diligent fact-checkers and skeptical consumers of information themselves.

Equip your students with the historical context they need to understand the issues surrounding news accuracy with this research list on fake news. Topics covered in this list include:

  • Media sensationalism
  • Yellow journalism
  • Fake news during the 2016 presidential election
  • Historical profiles of major news organizations including The New York Times, CNN, and Fox News

This research list is part of ABC-CLIO’s Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society database, a platform for investigating current national and global issues from criminal justice to environmental conflict to ethics in technology and medicine. Click here to activate your free preview of this database and gain access to more than 7,300 primary and secondary sources, inquiry-driven critical thinking modules, and perspective essays by leading scholars on the background, status, and outlook for over 160 contemporary issues.