Joanna Wilson

Date published: February 07, 2019

New workshop will give you all the fake news facts

It feels like you can’t go anywhere these days without hearing the phrase ‘fake news’.

It’s a hot topic, and rightly so, with everyone from Joe Bloggs to the president of the United States obsessed with branding things as fake.

If you ever feel like you’re drowning under a tidal wave of alternative facts, or you’re struggling to find the truth in the day-to-day, the Library’s Skills for Learning team has just the thing for you.

The team has put together a brand new workshop designed to help you sort the fact from the fiction to find clarity in your everyday life.

Joanna Wilson, an Academic Support Librarian who has worked to formulate the session, said: “If we are deliberately misled, or only get to see one side of a story, we are disempowered; we can’t express informed views, and we don’t make rational decisions.

“We are surrounded by information from all sorts of sources, so the ability to think critically and make balanced judgements about the information we find and use has never been more important.”

The session will explore how and why fake news spreads, and what you can do to protect yourself from being taken in.

Attendees will learn how to identify fake stories, find out why fake news is created, and will also be able to reflect on their own responsibilities in sharing information.

The first session will be held on Tuesday, February 12. You can book your place by going to

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