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News makers/news fakers: Check your news!

Discover how fake news is spread, why people create it, and what we can do to avoid it.

How to check news sources

Tim Dickinson tweet: Fake news is lazy language. Be specific. Did you mean propaganda, disinformation, conspiracy theory, clickbait.

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Introducing the Spotters' Guide

Not all fake news is created equal. In fact, there are several distinct subcategories within the larger umbrella term "fake news" - including those mentioned on in the Tim Dickinson tweet on the left.

Over the next few pages, we're going to explore a few different kinds of fake news, what they are, why they get made, and how to spot them.

After that, you'll be invited to test your knowledge by assessing five different news sources. Good luck!

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