• Length:
    2 Weeks
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    Introductory
  • Language:
    English
  • Video Transcript:
    English

Prerequisites

None

About this course

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Fake news is a real problem. From allegations of election fraud to Pizzagate, fake news saturates our newsfeeds-- and our national discourse. Some say it has compromised the authority of journalism, others say writing fake news stories has brought them a fistful of money. What do we make of this phenomenon? Why is fake news so prevalent these days? And how should we respond?

In this 2-week course, we’ll pose these questions (and more) to scholars, working journalists, and media pundits in order to get a hold on this complicated issue. Join a vibrant community of critical thinkers who are interested in exploring these questions together. Share your experience and see how it compares to others around the world.

This course is part of a broader series from Davidson College, called Davidson Now. We seek to explore critical issues and engage in honest and courageous conversations.

Courses offered via edX.org are not eligible for academic credit from Davidson College. A passing score in a DavidsonX course(s) will only be eligible for a verified certificate generated by edX.org.

What you'll learn

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  • What qualifies as ‘fake news’
  • Who writes fake news and why do they do it
  • How to tell news from fake news
  • What’s at stake for the future of journalism
  • What the media industry looks like today

Meet your instructors

Mark Sample
Associate Professor of Digital Studies
Davidson College
Amanda R. Martinez
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Sociology
Davidson College

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