• Length:
    1 Weeks
  • Effort:
    3–4 hours per week
  • Price:

    FREE
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  • Institution
  • Subject:
  • Level:
    Introductory
  • Language:
    English
  • Video Transcript:
    English

Prerequisites

None

About this course

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How can you distinguish between credible information and “fake news?” Reliable information is at the heart of what makes an effective democracy, yet many people find it harder to differentiate trustworthy journalism from propaganda. Increasingly, inaccurate information is shared on social networks and amplified by a growing number of explicitly partisan news outlets. This Teach-Out will examine the processes that generate both accurate and inaccurate news stories and the factors that lead people to believe those stories. Participants will gain skills help them to distinguish fact from fiction.

What you'll learn

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  • Distinguish between “news” and other forms of information
  • Evaluate the credibility of information claims
  • Identify psychological biases and logical fallacies that influence how we interpret information
  • Critically examine a news story and identify how it was produced

Meet your instructors

Brian Weeks
Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
University of Michigan
Josh Pasek
Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
University of Michigan
Will Potter
Howard R. Marsh Visiting Professor of Journalism, Communication Studies
University of Michigan

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