Fake news? How to know for sure

 Fake news! Fake news!

We’ve all heard the claims. In fact, every day, we’re bombarded with information that looks and seems credible. But, how do we know for sure?

A new class at Centralia College can help.

Fake News and Information Literacy (CMST 280) will be offered this fall for the first time. Assistant Professor Melissa Williams designed the class to help adults wade through a complicated media culture.

“We have a phenomenon of convergence,” she explained. “Everything converges on the internet. ‘News’ is such a broad term now. It includes traditional news, social media, blogs. The game has really changed. We all need to know how to be more informed consumers.”

The class will be offered at 11 a.m. weekdays starting Sept. 18. Students will work in groups to track news stories of their choice, and document how different outlets cover the news stories.

“It’s going to be a blast,” added Williams. “I’m really excited about this class.”

Registration  for this and all classes at CC is now open for current students. New students can begin registering Aug. 30.

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