fake news

BBC Real News resources

The BBC has produced online resources and a programme of events and workshops to support young people identifying real news and filter out fake or false information. The free online resources include the BBC iReporter interactive game which puts the player in the role of a BBC journalist working in the heart of the newsroom, as well as video masterclasses, lesson plans and classroom activities. Developed and delivered by BBC School Report, face-to-face workshops and mentoring from BBC News journalists are also being offered to secondary educational establishments in the UK. BBC School Report is a media literacy project for 11-18 year olds; this year the focus is on giving young people the skills to check the sources, information and news they are consuming and creating. For more details: realnews@bbc.co.uk

Media Literacy Booster Pack

This collection of resources provided by NewseumED offers tools to tackle eight pressing challenges, from recognising bias and propaganda to leveraging your role as a media contributor. You need to sign up first but once you do, access is free.

A Field Guide to 'Fake News' and other information disorders

Public Data Lab and First Draft collaborated to develop this free, open-access guide to help students, journalists and researchers investigate misleading and viral content, memes and trolling practices online. The five chapters of the guide describe a series of research protocols or “recipes” that can be used to trace trolling practices, the ways false viral news and memes circulate online, and the commercial underpinnings of problematic content. Each recipe provides an accessible overview of the key steps, methods, techniques and datasets used.







Public Data Lab and First Draft


Beyond the Headline: Online News Verification game

This game available in the form of a short poster is available from EAVI and can be used to show students some of the critical and visual cues we can use to quickly judge the veracity of online content.


Hoaxy finds the most popular fake claims, and then charts when they went viral on Twitter and who was sharing them. The tool also can make similar comparisons against fact-checking sites likes Snopes, Politifact and Factcheck.org to show the effectiveness of truth against these claims.

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