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  • Fake News: Check your own claim!

    Things to think about


    Other tips for fact checking and avoiding fake news

    1. When you open up a news article in your browser, open a second, empty tab.  Use that second window to look up claims, author credentials and organizations that you come across in the article.
    2. Fake news spans across all kinds of media - printed and online articles, podcasts, YouTube videos, radio shows, even still images. 
    3. As Mad-Eye Moody said in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, "Constant Vigilance!"  Always be ready to fact check.
    4. Even the best researchers will be fooled once in a while.  If you find yourself fooled by a fake news story, use your experience as a learning tool.

    Quick and simple debunking exercise

    Compare these two links.  Which one do you think is true?  Why or why not?
    1 - Eat This Not That: Shocking Facts About Farmed Salmon
    2 - Washington State Department of Health: Farmed vs. Wild Salmon