It's not always easy to spot fake news when it pops up on our storylines, especially when it sounds like it's from a legit news source like the "Cleveland Examiner" (totally made that up). Good tips hfrom NPR below.
Personally, I disregard content with:
- exclamation points in the headline
- use of "libtard" or "RWNJ" in copy
- disparaging personal marks made by author
- use of first or second-person made outside of quotes
- story appears nowhere else
I also see YouTube or Vimeo links passed along as valid news. Sometimes it's disguised to look like a news clip, with a reporter and newsy looking text, but often it's just footage "interpreted" by a narrator. Again, if it's not appearing elsewhere, it may be breaking news you're getting before anyone else - but probably not.
The idea is that people should have a fundamental sense of media literacy. And based on a study recently released by Stanford University researchers, many people don't.