What is fake news? What is a fact?

Front matter

  • Ask me three questions about the syllabus.
  • Digital Bingo.
  • Roster/schedule check for conferences tomorrow.

Reading: “Dead Reckoning”

As much as possible, draw from evidence from the text (i.e. quotations or ΒΆ/page numbers) as we answer these questions:

  • What’s the overall purpose of this report? How is the first half organized? Who is it for? What data or information is it based upon?
  • What’s tricky about the term “fake news”? Why is its definition often contested?
  • What are the different ways scholars and journalists have tried to identify fake news? Why are each of these imperfect or even problematic?

What is a fact?

  1. Kahoot quiz: what is a fact?
  2. What is a fact? [slides]
  3. What does it mean to check facts? Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers

Examples from our fake news quiz

How might the moves from Caulfield help us with these?


Take a look at HW below and watch me demo some of the ways you can create and edit a site in WordPress (WP).

Homework for tomorrow’s conferences

Begin to set up a site in WordPress and add an About Me page. See these directions on how. Be sure to bring laptops tomorrow if you have them.

Homework for Thursday’s class

Read intro and chapters 1-6 Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers.