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SPJ Ethics Week

April 24-28, 2017

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“Fake news! Fake news!”

You hear these words being screamed on the TV and see them on your social media timelines nonstop these days. But what does this phrase really mean, and how can you be sure you’re not helping spread false information from less-than-credible sources?

Don’t be part of the problem. Find tools and tips here on how to identify everything from satire to opinion pieces to ethical news. You’ll be one of the most media-savvy consumers — and sharers — of information among all your followers and friends in no time!


Tools for Fact Checking

Not sure the story you just read is true? Want to be armed with facts at your next family gathering so you can set Uncle John straight on what your candidate stands for? Or do you simply enjoy making sure the sources you receive your information from are accurate and ethical?

Here’s a list of fact checking resources to keep handy. Refer to them often — and encourage your friends to do the same.


Additional resources

Code Words Blog: Ethics Week archive
Ethics Papers: Accountability
Ethics Papers: Politics
Code Words Blog: Facebook Tackles Fake News
Code Words Blog: Lessons From Flynn’s Downfall