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Writing 101: Fake News, Real Science: In-class exercises

Prof. Campbell, Fall 2019

In-class exercise #1

Click on this news story.

Skim through it, and then discuss in your groups:

  • Why would people believe this? Why might they not? 
  • What is the first thing you would fact-check?

In-class exercise #2

Click on this news story

Skim through it, and then discuss in your groups:

  • Why would people believe this? Why might they not? 
  • What is the first thing you would fact-check?

Exercise #2 follow-up

As a follow-up to Exercise #2, check out this news story 
(this link goes to the story through our library database if you hit a paywall)

For reverse image searching, try TinEye and Google Images.

Evaluating your own actions

  • What steps are you taking to vet your news stories, particularly on social media?
  • What are the challenges of evaluating news in this way?
  • What is one takeaway from today?

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