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4 Sites to Fight Fake News

Magazine article Technology & Learning

4 Sites to Fight Fake News

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It's important to discuss media literacy and help your students learn to separate fact from fiction so they can he informed, empowered citizens. Lisa Nielsen and Common Sense Education suggest these four websites to get you started:

Opensecrets.org is all about following the money. The site, run by a nonpartisan and independent nonprofit called the Center for Responsive Politics, points out the connections between political contributions, lobbying data, and government policy. The site aims to empower citizens by providing clear, unbiased information. Topics include the 2016 presidential race, Dark Money, and political action committees. A great classroom resource for: social studies, literacy, math, statistics.

Poynter.org focuses on journalism, fairness, and transparency and publishes a weekly newsletter on fact-checking and accountability. Its e-learning platform, NewsU, is one of the world's most innovative online journalism and media training programs. Everyone--from teachers of journalism to middle-school students can learn how journalism is produced, how to determine a story's credibility, and more, through over 400free and low-cost courses, online seminars, webinars, podcasts, and video tutorials. …

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