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Fighting Fake News: How to Outsmart Trolls and Troublemakers

Can you navigate the flurry of fake news and strike a balance between being a cynic and a sucker? Get the tools you need to stay ahead of online tricksters and trolls – and help combat the fake news cycle.

NOTE: We are piloting this class through June 30, 2017. If you'd like your students to participate, please complete the booking form for class field trips. The new class will be available on-site and virtually beginning Sept. 5, 2017. In this class, students dive into the complexity of digital citizenship, including their active role in the flow of information. They’ll examine case studies that bring to life the challenges of today’s media landscape and leave with easy-to-implement strategies for staying a step ahead. Explore: What does "fake news" mean? Why should students care what's real and what's not? How can you tell what to trust when the motivations behind news stories aren't always clear?

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'Is This Story Share-Worthy?' infographic PDF

To request a large print or Braille version, call 202.292.6650.

Booking Information

This class requires a minimum of 10 students and a maximum of 36 students in the Learning Center classroom. (It is not offered in the Documentary Theater at this time.) Groups larger than class capacity will be assigned staggered class times based on your group’s window of availability. We appreciate hands-on assistance from chaperones when needed.

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How to register and enroll

Classes must be requested at least one week in advance. Please be advised that your preferred date may not be available, so have at least two dates in mind. We recommend arriving at the Newseum no later than 15 minutes before your scheduled class time.

Cancellation policy:

When a school fails to appear for its schedule Newseum class, it prevents other schools from using that slot. Please notify us at least one week in advance if you must cancel your reservation.

Accessibility Questions?

Assistance (e.g. ASL interpretation, assistive listening, description) for programs/tours can be arranged with at least seven business days’ notice. Please contact AccessUs at AccessUs@newseum.org or by calling 202/292-6453.

  • Topics:
    Current Events
    Journalism
    News & Media
  • Theme:
    Media Literacy
  • Level:
    Students | 7-12 and University
  • Cost:
    Free; Newseum admission required
  • Duration:
    50 minutes
  • Days Offered:
    Monday through Friday
  • Times Offered:
    9:30 a.m. Learning Center
    10:45 a.m. Learning Center
    12:15 p.m. Learning Center
    1:30 p.m. Learning Center
  • Capacity:
    Maximum of 36 in the Learning Center
  • Minimum Enrollment:
    Minimum of 10 students
  • Grades:
    Middle School
    High School
    College & University
  • Format:
    At the Newseum

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