Over the last week, major internet companies such has Facebook and Google have been under attack for their role in the circulation of ‘fake news’. Critics assert that these platforms publicize most-clicked content as news without verifying facts and claims. Some even say that publicizing this ‘fake news’ influenced the outcome of the presidential election. In addition, news on social media tends to be shared among followers and friends, so the news you see there often aligns with the political affiliations and perspectives closest to your own. For these reasons, using social media and popular news aggregators such as Google News, can put you in what has been called a ‘filter bubble’. Library resources can help you burst that bubble.
The Library will be offering 30-minute workshops highlighting databases available to the University of Chicago community that contain a wide variety of news sources. Learn how to browse major dailies such as the Washington Post or New York Times in just a few clicks, search international newspapers online, and find transcripts from cable and radio news programs.
Can’t make a workshop? Begin exploring the news databases available to you using our research guides:
Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact Rebecca Starkey at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.