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Who’s Afraid of Fake News? Responding to Misleading Media

Even if your students can spot fake news, what should they do about it? Explore the real consequences of this phenomenon and how you can help your students shape the reach and impact of fake news. (In beta testing for 2017-2018 school year.)

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From politics to pop culture, everyone is abuzz about “fake news.” With mounting examples of how these fake stories can have real repercussions, how can we get past confusion, outrage or cynicism and start doing something to counter this problem? In this workshop, rather than focus on how to identify fake news, educators take on the next step in the process: how to respond to fake news. Participants explore how using a case study format can help students weigh the varying roles they can play in the media landscape and consider what impacts are both possible and desirable. Discussion ranges from why fake news matters to how today’s media landscape has enabled its spread and how to choose between a range of strategies for fighting back against fiction disguised as fact.
"This was a great activity. I particularly liked the portion on how to respond. I think this is a crucial digital citizenship skill students need to be taught." Charity Harbeck, teacher, Northern High School

Booking Information

The workshop includes an interactive lesson with a Newseum educator, teaching strategies and resources. This class requires a minimum of 12 educators and a maximum of 36 in the Learning Center classroom.

Newseum Education has a limited number of laptops onsite for educators to use during this session. We recommend your group has at least one device (laptop, tablet or smartphone) for every three participants.

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If you need to reschedule or cancel your workshop, please contact the Education Department at 202/292-6650 OR write to before the date of your scheduled visit. All ticket sales are final. There are no refunds for no shows or unused tickets.

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  • Topics:
    Current Events
    News & Media
  • Themes:
    Media Literacy
    Civics and Citizenship
  • Level:
  • Cost:
    Call for pricing.
  • Duration:
    90 minutes
  • Days Offered:
    Monday through Friday
  • Time Offered:
    between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Capacity:
    max 36 participants in the Learning Center
  • Minimum Enrollment:
    12 participants
  • Grade:
    Professional Development
  • Format:
    At the Newseum

EDClasses & Training related to this class

  • Newseum Learning Center

    Fighting Fake News — Educators Workshop

    Arm your students with the skills they need to strike a balance between cynic and sucker as they navigate a media landscape where real and fake sometimes look all too similar.

    This class is for:

    • Educators


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