Our recently published Extension guide offers basic strategies to help news and social media consumers check the reliability of information before passing it on. The Guide G-600: “Fact Checking Online News and Social Media” may serve as a resource to help build media literacy skills with youth and older adults as their online presence continues to grow.
Unfortunately, it has become easier to unintentionally share information that did not come from a reliable source. This information is called fake news, misinformation, or disinformation. No matter the topic, use a reliable source that you recognize. When passing knowledge onto others, they may place trust in the information because it came from you.
The authors guide you through basic strategies on how to gather reliable information. These areas include:
Looking for reliable sources.
What sources to trust?
How to build your media literacy
Front stage and back stage news
How to talk to kids about fake news
What are platforms doing to reduce the spread of fake news on social media?
What about news media bias?
To view it online or to download a copy, visit the links below.
Written by Pamela Martinez Ed.D., Assistant Professor & Extension Learning Technology Specialist