Since the presidential election of 2016 the impact of fake news stories, especially those amplified through repetition in social media, has been recognized as a serious threat to an informed public. Here are some ways to learn and take action:
The UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism hosted a panel discussion titled "Separating Fact from Fantasy: Is Fake News Undermining the Truth?" on January 19, 2017. The school published this article; C-SPAN offers the full video here.
First Draft News provides "practical and ethical guidance in how to find, verify and publish content sourced from the social web." Their resources page offers verification tools useful for journalists and news consumers.
The free learning tools at Newseum Ed include modules about media literacy, journalism history and freedom of the press. Free registration required for full access.
The Journalist's Resource website from the Harvard Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy offers research on current news topics, data sources and tip sheets on tools.
The Global Investigative Journalism Network's website pulls in information from its nonprofit member organizations. It compiles accounts of real-world conditions for journalists working in foreign countries, guidelines on handling difficult situations and advice about legal defense.
For journalism published by newspapers and their associated websites, the library has access to a great number of databases which compile content from multiple publishers. They generally fall into two categories: databases built by acquiring the files of articles written on computers in recent decades up to today, and databases built by scanning page images of newspapers from older pre-digital years. The former will not provide an image of how the article looked in a print publication, and may lack photos and other illustrations. In both categories of databases the years and issues included will vary from title to title.
Databases with articles from recent years include:
Full-text information and perspectives from U.S. and international news sources. (America's newspapers - NewsBank - global newsbank)
Provides full-text information and perspectives from over 600 U.S. and over 700 international sources. Offers strong regional coverage, indexing more than California newspapers such as Contra Costa Times (1995-current), Sacramento Bee (1984-current), San Francisco Chronicle (1985-current), and San Jose Mercury News (1985-current). Search categories include: California newspapers (121 titles), Greater Los Angeles (54 titles), major metropolitan titles (13 titles), Spanish-language news sources (48 titles), the World (almost 2000 titles), US (855 titles).
LexisNexis Academic is being replaced with Nexis Uni. See more link for additional information. (Lexis Nexis Academic) [dates vary]
Full-text access to international, national, local newspapers, and wire services, as well as radio and television transcripts. Database also includes business, medical, industry, and legislative magazines, journals, and newsletters. Also includes laws from the U.S., all 50 states, and law reviews. Wide geographic coverage and translations from foreign-language sources, as well as news services like the Associated Press, Agence France Press, El Pai. Nexis Uni allows users to set up personal accounts to personalize your research experience.
Text mining of this database is prohibited. Access limited to 49 simultaneous users Provides general and business news and information from more than 9,000 sources in 22 languages, including influential local, national and international newspapers, leading business magazines, trade publications, and news wires.
Includes the exclusive combination of The Wall Street Journal (1979-present), the Financial Times, Dow Jones and Reuters newswires and the Associated Press, as well as Reuters Fundamentals, and Bureau van Dijk company profiles.
A newspaper digital archive offering full-text and full-image articles for significant US newspapers. Our subscription includes access to Chicago Defender (1910-1975); Chicago Tribune (1849-1990); Los Angeles Times (1881-1990); The New York Times (1851-2010) with Index (1851-1993); San Francisco Chronicle (1865-1922); The Wall Street Journal (1889-1996); and The Washington Post (1877-1997). Proquest Historical Newspapers
For television news, documentary film and sound recordings, consult the web page of the Media Resources Center. Some media can be streamed to computers within the UC Berkeley Internet domain, but much of the collection is in physical format and must be used in the Center.