KEARNEY — Kearney High School freshmen got a lesson in telling fact from fiction.
Alex Mahadevan from the Poynter Institute’s MediaWise team gave a presentation Tuesday morning to every student in the class by showing them how to fact check anything they might see online, whether it’s a seemingly credible news source that shared a story on Facebook or a video on Twitter of a public figure saying some surprising things.
The presentation is a part of MediaWise’s mission to reach teens all around the country. The organization already has informed 5 million students about fact checking, misinformation and disinformation, which is known as false information intentionally disseminated.
All of Mahadevan’s tips were based in asking three basic questions:
- Who is behind the information?
- What’s the evidence?
- What do other sources say?
These are the five tips he shared with the students: