A Field Guide to Fake News

A Field Guide to Fake News

Over the past three months we have collaborated with our partners in the Public Data Lab to produce A Field Guide to Fake News. The first results are now available in preview. Our M.Sc. students have made invaluable contributions to the guide and we are proud to see their work included.

Last modified: 06.04.2017

The field guide preview is being launched today at the Eureopean Journalism Festival in Perugia (download the press release) and is available through the Public Data Lab. It features digital methods recipes for tracing the production, dissemination and issuefication of fake news both as an object and as a topic online.

Defining what counts as fake news is neither trivial nor without politics. Following a story across the web, as we do in the recipees below, takes us from satire, to debunking, to overt misinformation and political propaganda. Understanding the ways in which a story gets labelled and shared as fake news (or not) by different actors in differens spheres of the web thus turns out to be crucial to our understanding of the phenomenon. Stay tuned for more when we launch the entire field guide later in spring, or join our data sprint to road test the recipes in the last week of April.