Reading Social Media: Fake News

More people than ever are getting their news online. But how do you spot a fake story?
Orland Park Public Library hosted a special panel on Monday, July 31 at 6 p.m. to discuss how people can be more responsible news consumers and recognize whether a link leads to a credible news story or just click-bate.

Panelists include Editor Joe Biesk, of the Daily Southtown; School Media Librarian Amy Hamernick, of Orland Park District 135; Head Librarian Deirdre Rawls, of Robert Morris University; and Laura Lauzen-Collins PhD, of the psychology faculty at Moraine Valley Community College.

Please check the video below.


Joe Biesk: is editor of the Daily Southtown, Lake County News-Sun and the Post-Tribune newspapers. Before joining the Southtown in 2010, he was a statehouse reporter for The Associated Press based in Frankfort, Kentucky, covering state government and politics.

Amy Hamernick: Teaching is in my soul. I taught science for ten years in the junior high science classroom. Since 2012, I have been teaching information literacy and digital citizenship for Century Jr. High. My undergraduate degree in Elementary Education is from Eastern Illinois University. After getting a few years experience in the classroom, I returned to school. This time earning a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Governor's State University. Wanting to continue my education, I chose to go to Chicago State University to get a Library Information Specialist certification. Teaching in the Media Center at Century Jr. High allows me to work with students in a unique environment teaching skills that they need today and will sculpt into life long skills as they journey through life as digital citizens. Along with reading many junior high books and keeping up on the latest news, I spend my free time with my two girls, my husband and my puppy, Mowgli.

Deirdre Rawls: is a Research Librarian and Branch Coordinator at Robert Morris University-IL for 14 years. She Graduated with MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Please see presentation.

Laura Lauzen-Collins PhD: of the psychology faculty at Moraine Valley Community College. Please see presentation.

How to Spot Fake News?

Fact Checking Sites:


Also, check out this eight simple steps infographic provided by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) to discover the verifiability of a given news-piece.

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