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Evaluating Media Sources: "Fake News" vs. Media Bias

A guide for evaluating social and news media, online sources of information, and identifying bias for Journalism I.

What is "Fake News"?

Fake news websites (also referred to online as hoax news) deliberately publish hoaxes, propaganda, and misinformation to drive web traffic inflamed by social media. These sites are distinguished from news satire, as they mislead and profit from readers' gullibility rather than provide social commentary.

Fake News Resources

The Business of Fake News


According to the VICE video:

  • What is fake news?
  • Why does fake news exist?
  • How and who profits from fake news sites?

Evaluating Media Sources

How is MEDIA BIAS different than FAKE NEWS?

Click HERE and complete an analysis for the sample sources attached. Make sure to make your own copy - you may work as a group. Please be prepared to discuss these as a class.