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Spotting Errors in the News

Want to learn to spot mistakes, mix-ups and sloppy reporting? These tools and activities will prepare you to recognize when the news media fall short, and compare the origins and impact of shoddy practices versus honest mistakes.

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    When the News Media Make Mistakes

    Freedom of press doesn’t promise perfection. By exploring corrections, students learn why the news media make mistakes and what happens.

  • Artifacts

    Media Mix-Ups Through History: Analyzing Historical Sources

    No matter how careful they may be, journalists inevitably make mistakes. In this activity, students use the E.S.C.A.P.E. strategy to closely analyze a historical source, shedding light on why errors happen and drawing comparisons to today’s flawed news stories.


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