“Real News” vs. “Fake News”

Posted on March 7, 2017. Filed under: Event, Nonfiction | Tags: , , |

“Real News” is news that can be verified and collaborated through multiple sources; it is documented.  A real news article will have the authors name on it.  If the story is fraudulent this person can be sued for libel. “Fake News” can contain rumor or gossip – which cannot be documented. A print version example of this is the Weekly World News. Any news item can be fact-checked.  Two of the best fact checking sites are Snopes and  Factcheck.

Our Librarians have written a Lib Guide to help you spot fake news and provide resources to verify the data given. There is also a Fact or Fiction: How to Know Fake from Real News workshop at the Skokie campus on Wednesday, Mar. 8,  Noon—1 p.m. in the library if you are interested in learning more about this topic.

According to the Business Insider, the most trusted in print news sources are:
The EconomistThe Wall Street Journal, & New York Times. All of which are available in print at the Des Planes campus. The Economist and The Wall Street Journal are available
in print at the Skokie Campus.

Oakton Community College Library subscribes to the following print newspapers:

RHC Newspaper Subscriptions:

  • Chicago Defender
  • Chicago SunTimes
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Crain’s
  • Evanston Review
  • Skokie Review
  • Wall Street Journal

DP Newspaper subscriptions:

  • Chicago Defender
  • Chicago Sun Times
  • Chicago Tribune (includes Sunday)
  • Glenview Announcements
  • Wall Street Journal

Additionally, here are a few books on thinking critically about your news:

9781441112354_p0_v1_s192x300No Time To Think: The Menace of Media Speed and the 24-Hour News Cycle
by Howard Rosenberg and Charles S. Feldman

No Time To Think focuses on the insidious and increasing portion of the news media that, due to the dangerously extreme speed at which it is produced, is only half thought out, half true, and lazily repeated from anonymous sources interested in selling opinion and wild speculation as news. These news item can easily gain exposure today, assuming a life of their own while making a mockery of journalism and creating casualties of cool deliberation and thoughtful discourse. Much of it is picked up gratuitously and given resonance online or through CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and other networks, which must, in this age of the 24-hour news cycle, ‘feed the beast.’

In dissecting this frantic news blur, No Time to Think breaks down a number of speed-driven blunders from the insider perspective of Charles Feldman, who spent 20 years as a CNN correspondent, as well as the outsider perspective of Howard Rosenberg, who covered the coverage for 25 years as TV critic for The Los Angeles Times.

No Time to Think demonstrates how today’s media blitz scrambles the public’s perspective in ways that potentially shape how we think, act and react as a global society. The end result effects not only the media and the public, but also the government leaders we trust to make carefully considered decisions on our behalf. Featuring interviews ranging from former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw to internet doyenne Arianna Huffington to PBS stalwart Jim Lehrer to CNN chief Jonathan Klein to a host of former presidential press secretaries and other keen-eyed media watchers, this incisive work measures lasting fallout from the 24-hour news cycle beginning in 1980 with the arrival of CNN, right up to the present” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780199945986_p0_v1_s192x300On Media: Making Sense of Politics
by Doris Graber

“Politics is above all a contest, and the news media are the central arena for viewing that competition. One of the central concerns of political communication has to do with the myriad ways in which politics has an impact on the news media and the equally diverse ways in which the media influences politics. Both of these aspects in turn weigh heavily on the effects such political communication has on mass citizens.

In Making Sense of Media and Politics, Gadi Wolfsfeld introduces readers to the most important concepts that serve as a framework for examining the interrelationship of media and politics:

  • political power can usually be translated into power over the news media
  • when authorities lose control over the political environment they also lose control over the news
  • there is no such thing as objective journalism (nor can there be)
  • the media are dedicated more than anything else to telling a good story
  • the most important effects of the news media on citizens tend to be unintentional and unnoticed.

By identifying these five key principles of political communication, the author examines those who package and send political messages, those who transform political messages into news, and the effect all this has on citizens. The result is a brief, engaging guide to help make sense of the wider world of media and politics and an essential companion to more in-depths studies of the field” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780824210977_p0_v1_s118x184The News and Its Future
edited by Paul McCaffrey

“The News and its Future considers how the Internet and other technological advancements will continue to impact news gatherings and change the way the public keeps itself informed. Special attention is paid to emerging journalistic forms, such as blogging” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

-posted by Kevin Purtell and Gretchen Schneider

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