Series

Gimme Some Truth

 
Can you spot fake news in the real world?  Do you want to be better than a Google search at finding relevant, accurate, timely information?
 
Join WDET and area libraries for discussion about the real impact of misinformation...and find out where you and your entire family can find the facts you need!
 
We want you to come to our events and be part of the conversation: 

Unity Forum: Interrupting Bias

6-8 p.m., Thursday, April 26

WDET’s Sandra Svoboda will present “Gimme Some Truth: Spotting Fake News in the Real World” as part of this annual event, presented by the Troy Area Alliance Against Hate Crimes.” More information here.

 

Gimme Some Truth: At the Plymouth District Library

10 a.m. to Noon, Thursday, June 21

 

Gimme Some Truth: At the Southfield Public Library

Wednesday, Sept. 26

 

Gimme Some Truth: At Wayne State University School of Information Sciences

Thursday, Oct.  25


Here are more resources:

Duke Reporters' Lab
An increasing number of organizations ARE fact checking, the Duke Reporters' Lab finds. In the last year, the number tripled, with groups on six continents. (Antarctica is missing, that seems reasonable.) 
 

 

Newseum

E.S.C.A.P.E. Junk News

Developed by the Newseum as part of its media literacy effort, the E.S.C.A.P.E. approach means validating information by enacting the concepts behind acronym: Evidence, Source, Context, Audience, Purpose and Execution.

 

Snopes.com

Snopes.com

If you're wondering about the accuracy of something someone posted on social media, Snopes probably can tell you. Relevant. Timely. Well-researched. Snopes.com covers "stories" related to breaking news events and long-time so-called urban legends.

FactCheck.org

FactCheck.org

With specialized subsites for health, science, political literacy, and internet rumors, FactCheck.org also lets you ask questions. It's run by the Annenberg Public Policy Center as a nonpartisan, nonprofit, "consumer advocate" for voters and aims to "reduce the level of deception and confusion in American politics. The site also has annotated transcripts of Trump's remarks.

 

Red Feed, Blue Feed

Check out the side-by-side looks at real Facebook conversations from different perspectives, as provided by the Wall Street Journal. The newspaper created a "blue" feed and a "red" feed and assigned conservative or liberal alignment for the story sources. The site presents them side-by-side so you can compare the approaches that appear in our feeds, depending on what Facebook essentially "chooses" for us.

 

 

Politifact.com

Politiifact.com

What started as an election year project became an ongoing website to verify or correct what U.S. politicians say. Operated by the nonprofit Poynter Institute for Media Studies, PolitiFact also runs a companion website, PunditFact, fact checks TV's talking heads, bloggers, columnists, political analysts, and hosts and guests on talk shows.

 


Past WDET "Gimme Some Truth" Events:

Ferndale Area District Library, Thursday, Jan. 25

 
A local librarian, Michelle Williamson, adult services librarian in Ferndale, and a teacher, Lauren Villaluz, with Ferndale, Holly and Oakland schools, presented their "lesson plans" for helping students separate reliable information from fantasy. Two students, Kyra Newman and Victoria Shoot,  shared some useful apps including Moment. ("Do you REALLY want to know how much time you spend on your phone?" we asked ourselves.) 
 
A second panel explored the role and cost of misinformation in the Ferndale Community. Ferndale Police Sgt. Baron Brown warned about the dangers from a law enforcement perspective, and Matt Helms, co-founder of the Fabulous Ferndale Forum Facebook group, discussed how moderators embrace free speech keeping an eye on the truth factor too. Bridge Magazine Reporter Chastity Pratt Dawsey explained how to think like a reporter: check your facts, vet your sources, repeat.
 
Here's archived video of the event on the Ferndale Area Distrcit Library Facebook page:
 

You Heard it on WDET:

On Point airs on WDET 101.9 FM at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. weekdays.

 

Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson airs on WDET 101.9 FM at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays.

 
 

Project Partners:

Ferndale Area District Library, Ferndale Police Department, Ferndale Public Schools, Fabulous Ferndale Forum,

Bridge Magazine, Detroit Public Television

Wayne State University School of Information Sciences

If you're interested in working with WDET to host an event, please contact Sandra Svoboda at 313-577-4255 or ssvoboda@wdet.org

Credit to Jeff Milo for originating the series.


 

Support for this work, part of WDET's collaborations with the Detroit Journalism Cooperative, comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

 

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