Detecting Fake News in a Media-Driven Society
BATON ROUGE – As more people receive their news through social media outlets, LSU
students have created a new website to help users evaluate online news stories, to
determine if the story is real or fake.
The website was designed by Geaux Vote LSU, a student organization that promotes civic engagement on campus. This spring, they created a media literacy website.
“It’s really tricky and you have to pay attention to it,” said Kaylin Parker, a senior from Luling, La., and the president of Geaux Vote LSU.
Parker said they created the website to be a tool for readers to use and analyze the accuracy of stories. Some of the website’s recommendations include checking the article’s web address, as well as researching the background of the author or journalist. Parker said she hopes the website will combat the issue of fake news, and will stop those stories from being shared.
“We hope we can get out in the community and show some red flags. You might be doing this already and not even realize it,” Parker said.
As part of their media literacy campaign, Geaux Vote will host a forum on Monday, April 17, at 6 p.m. at the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication. The panelists include Aaron Sharockman, the executive director of PolitiFact, as well as LSU Mass Communication professors, including Len Apcar, who is LSU’s Media Literacy chair, and a former senior editor with the New York Times.
LSU has a video uplink studio with live broadcast capabilities. Contact us to set up an interview.
Contact Rachel Spangenthal
LSU Media Relations