Caitlin Blumer

Fake News

 

 

In this podcast, we explore the classroom impact of fake news.

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Future-proofing ourselves from fake news


A topic that began as an exploration of popular conspiracy theories quickly turned to fake news as the line between fact and fiction continues to blur.One of the most important issues facing America today, fake news is complex, propelled by numerous factors, and leverages consumer data so well that anyone outside of the particular bubble hardly even knows it exists.

But after exploring the facets of the issue for almost three months, we found an alarming gap in the conversation: how are we dealing with the impact of fake news inside the classrooms

 
 

This episode of cultural standpoints investigates the educational challenge, including interviews with:

An ethics editor from NPR, a child psychologist, and a high school teacher. 

 
 
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Take a listen:

 

 

 

Topics Covered:


  • Fake news' ripple effect into the classroom

  • How children learn hate & aggression

  • Social media & rapid information consumption 

  • Defining features of fake news

  • How teachers reinforce proper sources

  • The future for teachers & journalists 

 
 

What's the solution?


There is no single solution to fake news. No individual school district, influential person, or tech company can tackle it alone. It will take a multitude of industries to come together and figure it all out. We could honestly make an entire series dedicated solely to investigating these solutions,

but there are a couple of glaring problems that need primary attention.


Teachers & Journalists need support

America's educators are already overworked. Other  industries need to step up and create the success tools - whether it's a nonprofit developing an in-class workshop or giving parents the guidance on talking about the issue.

Local news needs a revival

Over the last decade, local papers across the country closed their doors and rural America became increasingly forgotten - opening the door for the nation's forgotten to seek out new outlets.

Tech & Social giants need to act

Fake news thrives because of the Internet. It allows fake stories to manifest, spread across social media, appear in search engines, and pay fake news authors through advertising. And it's all wildly uncontrolled. 

 

If you want to talk more extensively about this topic,


I would be glad to share more about what I learned. 

If you can't wait to talk, my Twitter is where I funnel my political thought bubbles. 

 
 

Teammate:


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Lauren Tresco [ST]

This project consisted of investigative research, conducting interviews, storytelling, editing, and everything in between. It was our 1st foray into the podcast world. 

 
 

Special Thanks:

Music by: Andrew Jones

Art Direction by: Jessica Sugerman

 
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