Identifying Fake News

Complimentary “Identifying Fake News” Article for Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Members

Pennsylvanians are social people, often engaging with family, friends and others through numerous social media platforms. Information shared on these platforms can come from reputable news sources or, unfortunately, from other untrustworthy contributors that publish verifiably false content. Engagement with unreliable news sites is on the rise and it is important for news consumers to know how to identify these sources of misinformation.

The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA) has created an article on how consumers can identify fake news, that our members may publish in print or online at no cost.

Featured Article Sources

  • Point Park University’s Center for Media Innovation
  • International Fact-Checking Network at Poynter
  • Penn State’s Bellisario College of Communications
  • West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media

The article can be found below.


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Additional Articles Available to PNA Members

Pandemic mandates put the hammer on Pennsylvania festivals

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CWD’s impact on Pennsylvania

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Williamsport without baseball

The Little League World Series was canceled in April because of the COVID-19 pandemic and this quaint Pennsylvania city on the Susquehanna River, and it’s sister city _ South Williamsport, where Little League is actually headquartered _ won’t be hosting the championship this Sunday as originally planned.

Journalism students from the Bellisario College at Penn State have provided a photo gallery and text story about Williamsport on the weekend that would have marked the championship of the Little League World Series (LLWS).