Smart for fake news


The Media Wise for Seniors program will offer two free online courses, funded largely by Facebook. The first four weeks of the course have already been filled, but students can still enroll in self-directed courses, separating online fact from fiction. Hosted by Christian Amanpour and Joan Lunden, it is scheduled to begin October 1.

“By the end, they will be using techniques used by fact-checkers around the world,” including reverse image searches to determine the sources of photos and videos, said Alex Mahadevan, senior multimedia reporter at Poynter.

In addition, Poynter has worked with AARP to create Fact Tracker interactive videos on spotting and filtering misinformation.

The News Literacy Project is also expanding beyond its initial target audience of middle and high school students.

While the project is targeting its newfound efforts on the general public, “our hope is that older adults will be the major consumers of these resources and become part of the misinformation solution rather than the misinformation problem,” Alan Miller, Pulitzer Prize-2008 The winning journalist who founded the project.

Take its free site called Checkology. “It gives you a basis in how to give reliable information,” Mr. Miller said. “It helps people find the difference between news, opinion and publicity.” Students will also learn about quality journalism at the international level, playing the role of a reporter gathering information on deadlines and an editor deciding which stories merit the front page.

Get News about Smart, a weekly newspaper, will take aim at current rumors, scandals and conspiracy theories, starting on 22 September. In a game app called Informational, players move through increasingly challenging levels to develop fact-checking and other digital literacy skills. In addition, public service advertisements will appear on radio and TV stations and on Facebook.