For next Tuesday's class, you will have been given a "fake news" story to read. I want you to read the link, and after reading it, make a written list of questions you would ask, and people you would contact to verify or debunk the story – pretend you're a journalist or fact-checker assigned to verify the story. Print out that list.
Then, I want you to research the story online (each of these stories has already been reported on by other news organizations), and write a two-page paper on what your conclusion is – whether you think the story is, indeed, fake news, or whether it holds up. Explain why you came to that conclusion, and cite your sources. I'll want to present your conclusions in class.
LEFTWING-DISTRIBUTED FAKE NEWS
Jewish family removes child from Hempfield school amid backlash over 'Christmas Carol' cancellation
Ben, Austin, Jesse, Brittany, Stephanie
Experts Urge Clinton Campaign to Challenge Election Results in 3 Swing States (election results in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania believed to be hacked)
Jamie, Raquel, Bekah, Banyan
RIGHTWING-DISTRIBUTED FAKE NEWS
Trump protests intensify, as doubts swirl about spontaneity (right-click on the link to open in a new window - for some reason it doesn't want to load on a simple click)
Parker, Joris, Kyly
Trump claims he won the popular vote (three links - ) https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/802972944532209664?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
Mariah, Shawnie, Sheri, Hannah