What is fake news and how can you spot it? The All Aboard 2017 Workshop

What is fake news and how can you spot it? The All Aboard 2017 Workshop

Be your own fact-checker runs from 1-2pm on Tuesday 4 April at DIT, Aungier Street, Dublin.


Use of misinformation for financial or political gain is not new, nor is it limited to news stories: while much rarer, academic and research articles have also on occasion been found to contain misinformation too. A 2016 study at Stanford University discovered that many students cannot readily tell the difference between paid-for content and factual news, or cannot easily identify the source of materials they read online

The speed at which misinformation of all kinds can spread in today’s connected world means that now, more than ever, it is important to have the skills to be your own factchecker.

This librarian-led workshop is a  practical hands-on session, designed to help  participants to discover how good they are at spotting few news. By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Explain the need to evaluate all information, whatever the source. 
  • Demonstrate how to check the authority, accuracy, objectivity and currency of information you find and share online.
  • Define ‘confirmation bias’ and explain its impact on being an effective factchecker.
  • Distinguish ‘fake news’ stories from real stories using examples available online.


For booking see http://dit.ie/lttc/workshops/allaboard2017/