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:

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Anthony Johnson

The Poynter Institute is not exactly a source for "balance" or insight. Just search how they tried to label legit journalism as non-news.

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