Real news versus fake news
“The purpose of real news reporting is to inform,” says Jonathan Anzalone, PhD, a journalism professor at SUNY Stony Brook. Real news is truthful and unbiased. Here’s what real news is not about:
- Manipulating your opinion via melodrama or misinformation.
- Generating clicks (e.g., stories that don’t deliver on their headlines).
- Entertainment (e.g., April Fools articles and satire sites like The Onion, which aren’t fake news but aren’t real news).
To avoid getting sucked in, look for these red flags (and don’t miss these dangerous health myths that are being kept alive by fake news).