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~8.07 NEWS & MEDIA - Fake News: 1. Faking it

Essential Question


~ How do we tell if news is real or fake?~


Key Vocabulary

Fake News:

False news stories, often of a sensational nature, created to be widely shared or distributed for the purpose of generating revenue, or promoting or discrediting a public figure, political movement, company, etc.


Something (such as a headline) designed to make readers want to click on a hyperlink, especially when the link leads to content of dubious value or interest.


An additional source that confirms or supports a news story, article or piece of information.

What is Fake News?

Read the definition (above)


Reflect on the question 1. "What is fake news?"


Watch the clip "How Fake news can spread" on Circular Reporting

Watch the clip "How a partying Macedonian teen earns thousands publishing lies"

Read the questions. Reflect on your response to the questions and be prepared to share your thoughts with the class.

Q2. Have you ever read headlines that made you immediately click on the site?

Q3. What makes people click on sites immediately? 

Q4. What do you think of people making money by posting fake news?

There are many reasons why people are taken in by fake news. 

The Circular News Cycle

Circular reporting is where a piece of information appears to come from numerous sources, but, in fact, comes only from a single source. This is often the way in which fake news is spread.

Circular reporting can occur when, for example, publication A puts out a piece of false information and publication B reprints it. Publication A then cites B as the source of the original information. It is also considered to be a form of circular reporting when multiple publications all report from the same piece of false information. This information then appears, to another author, to be verified by multiple authors. This can make the tracing of sources nearly impossible. Satirical articles are also mistakenly picked up and published as factual.

How false news can spread

Fake news: