Teaching how to fight fake news with Newsguard

NewsGuard is run by news industry veterans and says it is trying to establish industry-standard benchmarks for which news websites should be trusted. It employs analysts to manually check whether sites meet a series of journalistic standards, making all its judgments public and inviting outlets to respond to criticism and improve their standards to gain a higher rating. Source The Guardian

NewsGuard uses journalism to fight false news, misinformation, and disinformation. Our trained analysts, who are experienced journalists, research online news brands to help readers and viewers know which ones are trying to do legitimate journalism—and which are not.

NewsGuard works this way. You download the extension for Chrome or the app for Safari. When you search you will get info with a green

Our Green-Red rating signal if a website is trying to get it right or instead has a hidden agenda or knowingly publishes falsehoods or propaganda.

Lesson plan

  1. Install Newsguard on your computer
  2. Watch the video below
  3. Test it out with some searches and write a comment on how it works. Would you recommend it to other students?

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