News organisations and technology companies have started working together to develop some common best practices and tools to support journalists in verifying information from social media.
But an important part of the process is also making audiences aware of the widespread issue of fake news online and what steps they can take to identify problematic materials themselves.
In a recent episode from On The Media, WNYC's weekly podcast about the latest developments in the media industry, hosts Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield speak to Melissa Zimdars, assistant professor of communication and media at Merrimack College, who recently started a list of problematic news websites, about distinguishing between true and made-up news sources.
Her 11 tips include being weary of all caps paragraphs in a story, double-checking the domain, which could resemble that of an establish news source with some minor alterations and refraining from sharing the article if you have any doubts about the veracity of its contents.
Zimdars' recommendations have been compiled by WNYC into a short breaking news consumer's handbook, which you can bookmark, or print and tape next to your computer or TV.
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