Philadelphia Non-Profit Teaches Teens How to Spot Fake News

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The weekly classes started in late February and wrap up next week. And today, the “Finding Fake News” efforts of non-profit Mighty Writers West is front-page, real news.

The main impetus for the 4-6 p.m. afterschool effort, which has been welcoming separate groups of students each respective Monday through Thursday, is a recognition that teens ages 12-17 get a lot of their information from Facebook, YouTube, Wikipedia and the like. A lot of time is spent by instructors Christina Rissell and Annette John-Hall explaining to their young charges how to detect and recognize proper sourcing.

When the current track wraps up new week, a new one will immediately follow. It’s called “Looking for Liars:”

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