Stony Brook University in New York State, is now offering a new course that will help students decipher what news is actually real.
The schools six-week online course is called “Making Sense of the News: News Literacy Lessons for Digital Citizens.”
As fake news has been a hot topic recently, Stony Brook hopes to educate citizens on how to judge a story’s accuracy.
Howard Schneider, the dean of Stony Brook’s School of Journalism, said, “I think along with the news media doing a better job, and technology doing a better job, we have to train the news consumers of the future. Unless all three things happen, we won’t solve the problem.”
While fake news isn’t a new thing, it’s spreading faster than ever, according to social media attorney Paul Rubell.
Rubell goes on to say, “It’s all over the place, because one would only need to open their Facebook feed or Twitter feed, and there it is.”
Schneider says we have already seen the effects of what a false story can cause, going beyond just the spread of misinformation. The December 4th shooting at a Washington, D.C. pizzeria was caused by the false narrative of the restaurant being the site of a child sex ring which was a, “totally fake news story.”
H/T: News12 – Long Island
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