Journalism 133: Prof. Craig: Fake News Exercise

Fake News Exercise

We've discussed how "fake news" has become a serious problem in society, and how readers may be lured in to believe seemingly preposterous stories.  The article from we discussed in the last class meeting showed how this could happen, listed some of the characteristics of many fake news stories and explained how to spot such material.

With this in mind, today's assignment calls upon you to get creative.  Within your assigned group, you are to create two brief news stories (150-250 words each) based upon real material you find online.  Label them "Story 1" and "Story 2."  Each of these should be separate stories relating to the general topic assigned to your group, and each should be unusual enough to raise questions over whether it is real.  The key is that one of them should be completely factual, and the other should be fake.  The fake story can be completely fabricated (IT'S ONLY OKAY TO DO THIS ON THIS ONE ASSIGNMENT), or it can be based upon a true story that is altered in ways to make it fundamentally inaccurate.  This should not be simply altering names or dates -- it should make the piece absolutely not true. 

The objective is to create two stories that make it as difficult as possible to discern which one is real and which one is fake.  You will email me your group's pair of stories by midnight tomorrow (Tuesday 3/6) and the class will go over them Wednesday morning.

Groups for exercise:

Group # Student Names General Topic
1 Nora Ramirez
Lindsey Boyd
2 Ernie Gonzalez
Marissa Scott
Politics (State)
3 Nick Romeo
Kunal Mehta
4 Brianna Sheats
Jose Govea
5 Lovetta Jackson
Taylor Lupetti
Politics (World)
6 Myla LaBine
Melisa Yuriar
7 Paul Hang
Huan Xun Chan
Consumer Products
8 Maddy Morwood
Jonas Elam
9 Kelly Burns
Amanda Whitaker
Politics (National)
10 Ben Stein
Yasmin Abdi



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