Fake News & Verification

There is an immense amount of wrong information on the internet, creating a problem that can be described as 'information pollution.' Being aware of the different types of wrong information and motives behind its creation is an essential first step in not getting fooled. This section is full of tips, tools, and strategies for verifying information on the internet, and assessing the reliability of sources and claims

Lesson 7 – ‘Fake News’ and Fact-checking (elementary & secondary)


Backgrounder & Lesson Plan  (Word) (PDF) (Google Doc)

Deck 7 ‘Fake News’ & Verification (PPT) 

Activity 7.1 ‘Fake News’ and Verification (Word) (PDF)

Activity 7.1 teacher version (Word) (PDF)

Activity 7.2 Becoming a Fact-Checker (Word) (PDF)

Fact-checking with Craig Silverman and Jane Lytvynenko

Video 1: Verifying Images and Videos

Video 2: Looking up Claims and Website Owners

Video 3: Evaluating Social Media Accounts

Lesson 8: Verification

Lesson plan (Google Doc) (PDF) (Word)

Where fact-checking is the act of investigating a specific fact or claim to see if it’s true, verification is the larger process where fact-checking takes place — the overall commitment to accuracy.

There is no single path to assessing the credibility of information online — each case will be different. The important thing is to understand the importance of accuracy, and to know how to assess it. A verification mindset is one of critical thinking and healthy skepticism.

When so much information is faulty, it can be tempting to dismiss all information as equally suspicious, but that is a mistake and a danger. Democracy relies on informed citizenship. To be informed, we must put our trust somewhere. The trick is determining what is worthy of it.

Verification with Mike Caulfield

Video 1: Introduction

Video 2: Investigate the Source

Video 3: Find the Original Source

Video 4: Look for Trusted Work

The Internet | Journalism