Steps To Differentiating Fake News From Real News

by JamesHysteria on January 31, 2017 - 10:16am

The article “How to tell fake news from real news” written by Laura McClure who is an award-winning journalist and the TED-Ed editor talks about how to tell if news you see on the internet is fake or real. She talks about the steps on how to tell if a news is fake or not by looking at who wrote it, what claims the news makes, when the news was published and where was the news published. The reason why I chose this article and why I think it is a credible source is because TED hosts many lectures called “TED Talk” from different people on pertaining to different fields and subjects.

When looking at who wrote the news, you must research the journalist and look at what he or she has written and their popularity. If the journalist is a well-known writer, then it tells the reader that the news is real. When looking at a news that you think is fake look at if the news is sponsored or not.

When looking at the claims it makes, real news will include multiple primary sources when talking about the claims. When looking at a fake news, it will most likely include fake sources, false URLs and or alternative facts.

When looking at when the news was published, how to tell if its fake or real news will be looking at the publication date. If it says that this is breaking news you must proceed with caution.

When looking at where the news was published, real news will usually be published by the top news broadcasting stations like BBC, NPR, The Gazette or CBC. When looking at fake news it will usually be from Facebook or Twitter.

The reason why I chose this article is because I feel that TED is a great source to learn about new information about different subjects. I find that I can learn more from watching “TED Talk” on topics that interest me and learn more about.


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I would like to start by letting you know that the summary that you wrote is very interesting and that it was a very good idea to write a summary about this type of article since fake news are much more present on the web.

However, I cannot say that your summary was very clear due to some grammar and syntax errors that made the summary harder and less pleasant to read since I had to reread some sentence more than once to understand what you meant. There were also a few repetitions that made the text redundant, such as "when looking at".

For your future posts, I would like to recommend a few techniques that I use to verify my own work. First, write your text and reread it the day after. Letting a night pass before verifying your work will allow you notice errors that you would not have noticed the day you first wrote your text. Secondly, ask someone else to read your work and give you feedbacks. There again, another person will be able to notice mistakes that you would not have been able to see alone.
Keep up the good work.

Hi, your article was good! I like the way you write, but even if you look at the author's past and at where the article was posted, you need to look at other things. We have to remember that according to an article called "What is fake news? How to spot it and what you can do to stop it" published a month ago on fake news stories got more shared and seen than news from the Washington Post, the New York Times, or CNN.

Soon, it will be easier to spot fake news on Facebook, because they will add an app that flags stories that look fake or might not be 100% true. Google Chrome will also try to do the same thing to help people separate good from fake news.

There are also lists that you can consult on the Internet to find the fake articles. One is made by a professor of communication and media that works in the Merrimack College, Massachusetts, Melissa Zimdars. She also published a list of tips to find unreliable articles. You can see the whole document where she analized and rated a lot of websites and gives tips here:

If you are not sure of an article, look for red flags or in the section “About Us” of the web site. Or you can Google the sources; just to be sure they are reliable, because, as you said, some people can use false sources.

And if it is the first time you hear about a news, go on other websites to see if this real, and if all facts are true. If you find tree websites that are saying the same thing, chances are that it is a true story.

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