How to Deal With “Fake News” and Misinformation

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Damaso Reyes, the Director of Partnerships at the News Literary Project, is working with high school students at the University of Birmingham on Wednesday about the importance of getting their news from reliable sources.

Here’s a snippet from the advice of Reyes — a documentary photographer and multimedia journalist for leading US and German outlets — to navigate through the hazards of fake news and misinformation:

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.


  1. I have found that the key is to get information/news from as many sources as possible.

    It’s dangerous when people are told what to believe and what not to believe. For that reason, I wouldn’t trust or believe Damaso Reyes.


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