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10 Tips For Fighting Fake News: How to Fact Check Like a Pro Webinar Recap

Posted on 04-17-2017 by Anna Stevens

Living in a “Post-Truth” World

 The era of “post-truth” is on the rise. An adjective meaning “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”, post-truth was named Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year in 2016 as international use of the word increased by 2,000% from the year before. Why is this information important? It describes the current nature of how we perceive information as factual or false. In this “post-truth” era, it has become increasingly difficult to decipher real news from fake due to a sharp decline in trust for our news sources.

According to a survey done by Gallup in summer of 2016, Americans’ trust in mainstream media has reached an all-time low. As a result, more and more people turn to social media, where it is even more difficult to distinguish between factual versus biased reporting and satirical news. This is a dangerous trend—one that leads to falsities being spread and shared among those who are most vulnerable.

Whether you are a journalist, a business owner, or stay-at-home parent—don’t give in to the lure of fake news! It is up to you to verify the information that you take in every day, no matter the source you get it from.

Accuracy Equals Research

Luckily, we have some tips to help you fact check and verify your news sources. We teamed up with Professor Barbara Gray at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, to present 10 tips for fighting fake news and how to fact check like a pro. Our informative webinar on the subject matter was held Tuesday, April 11, 2017, and attendees took away key tools on how to research smarter and more efficiently:

1. Be skeptical
2. Create your own habit of fact checking
3. Ask yourself “who says” and “are they biased”?
4. Use your gut
5. Look for citations of sources of information
6. Be aware of your own confirmation bias
7. Take notice if you are feeling emotional after reading the information- it could have been manufactured to exploit your bias
8. Write fast, but fact check slowly
9. Check primary sources such as government reports, court documents, and scholarly articles found in databases such as LexisNexis Newsdesk® or Nexis®.
10. Always give attribution, and be transparent about where you get your information.

Check out our tip sheet for a more detailed explanation behind each tip.

How Can LexisNexis Help?

We make it easier for you to confidently research, write, and fact check pieces that are credible and well balanced. Even when the most reliable publisher makes a mistake, LexisNexis removes the original and replaces it with the new article from the publisher so that you don’t uncover erroneous information inadvertently.

Want even more information? Check out our webinar recording of 10 Tips For Fighting Fake News: How to Fact Check Like a Pro.

Creating your own habits of fact checking at work and in life is a civic survival skill and duty in this “post-truth” world. The more you practice these habits the better you will become at deciphering information and identifying trustworthy news sources from fake clickbait. Happy researching!

3 Ways to Apply This Information Now:

1.       Watch and share our free webinar
2.       Learn more about LexisNexis Newsdesk and Nexis research tools
3.       Download our tip sheet on Professor Barbara Gray’s 10 Tips on How to Fact Check Like a Pro


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