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Steve and Laurie Augustino Instructional Media Center: Fake News FAQs

How To Spot Fake News

How to Avoid Misinformation About COVID-19 In mid-February, World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told an international security conference: "We're not just fighting an epidemic. We're fighting an infodemic." As COVID-19 cases have surged across the globe, so has misinformation.

Verify Your Sources

Common Sense Education. (2017, April 14). Poster: Legit-O-Meter. Retrieved November 28, 2017, from

NEWSEUM ED. (n.d.). E.S.C.A.P.E. Junk News. Retrieved November 28, 2017, from

NEWSEUM ED. (2017). Is This Story Share-Worthy? Flowchart. Retrieved November 28, 2017, from

Adapted from Evaluating Information - Applying the CRAAP Test from the Meriam Library at California State University, Chico

Meriam Library California State University, Chico. (2017). Is this source or information good? Retrieved November 28, 2017, from

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Adapted from Common Sense Media. (2017, November 02). Help Students Fact-Check the Web Like the Pros. Retrieved November 28, 2017, from

Helpful Links

Skills and Strategies | Fake News vs. Real News: Determining the Reliability of Sources

Update: Please also see our new, 2017 lesson, Evaluating Sources in a 'Post-Truth' World: Ideas for Teaching and Learning About Fake News _________ How do you know if something you read is true? Why should you care? We pose these questions this week in honor of News Engagement Day on Oct.

In an era of fake news, students must act like journalists

When students sign up for oceanography at San Pasqual High School in Escondido, Calif., many can't wait to discuss mermaids and monster sharks. They are quickly chagrined to learn that neither actually exists. "People come in with hard-core misconceptions that come right off the internet or TV," says teacher Dan Perreault.