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Frank Lester

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Jason Schultz
Office: 800FL Central Library
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Six Questions to Ask

Here are six worthwhile questions from the American Press Institute to ask yourself about every news story or piece you come across:

  1. What kind of content is this?
  2. Who and what are the sources cited, and why should I believe them?
  3. What's the evidence, and how was it vetted?
  4. Is the main point of the piece proven by the evidence?
  5. What's missing?
  6. Am I learning every day what I need?

How to Identify Red Flags

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Recent Academic Papers on Fake News

You can use settings to direct Google Scholar to create automatic alerts to retrieve new journal articles and papers that come out about fake news (or any other topic).

Find out more here.