Recognizing Fake News

If you struggle to decide whether a news story you have heard is real or fake, some journalists from a local source will be out tonight to help you separate real news from the rest. 

It is not always easy to tell whether a story is filled with reliable facts or peppered with opinion and political slant, so a couple of writers with the Davis Enterprise want to help you to spot the differences between a blog and what you read in papers like theirs or hear on KFBK.

The Enterprise's Tanya Perez points to the example of a Tweet from the New York Times that cited 30 different sources.  "When you're talking about 30 different sources saying 'yes, this is what happened. This is the order of things,'" Perez said.  "You have to feel pretty confident that that is credible news."

That credibility also comes from reporters who know they can trust sources and editors who can spot imbalance in a story, so tonight's goals include tools you can use to know who you can trust.

Perez was scheduled to hold her discussion on "Fake News" Tuesday night at the Yolo County Library branch on East 14th Street in Davis.

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