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PLS 135 Course Playbook

Resources for research in political science, government, and international relations.

Media Literacy: Understanding and Identifying Fake, Biased, and Inflammatory News and Sources

Identifying fake, biased, or deliberately misleading news sources is a fundamental skill for success. This skill will not only help you academically, but also personally, allowing you to become a more effective democratic participant.

To be media literate, you must be able to:

  • evaluate the reliability and accuracy of oral, print, and digital media;
  • recognize bias in news reporting; and,
  • identify fake news reporting and the use of clickbait titles.

How to Spot Fake News

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Checking the Facts

Sometimes it is difficult to know whether or not a news story is true, especially if you are unfamiliar with the situation or context. Use a fact checker, such as the below, to make sure the information is correct and reliable.