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This week: What is News?

This might seem to be an easy question, but it is not. The dictionary says it is any new information, especially if it is reported through media. But these days, you have to be very careful. Before it was expensive to make news, you had to print a newspaper, or own a TV station. Now information is easy for anyone to make, so we get a lot of bad information. Some people call this “fake news”. You should make sure that any new information comes from more than one place, with a good reputation. There are good places to check facts, my favorite is snopes.com. You can find out of Obama was arrested for drugs in Japan, for example.

Third-year students will get a book soon for summer reading. It is called Media Meltdown, about how companies control information. But before that, you can use Newsela to explore with your Culture Today and Society Today teachers.