Academic Publications

Social Media and Fake News in the 2016 Election

  • “We present new evidence on the role of false stories circulated on social media prior to the 2016 US presidential election.”

Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning

  • Stanford researchers assessed students from middle school to college and found they struggled to distinguish ads from articles, neutral sources from biased ones and fake accounts from real ones. NPR.

When Fake News Becomes Real: Combined Exposure to Multiple News Sources and Political Attitudes of Inefficacy, Alienation, and Cynicism

  • “This research assesses possible associations between viewing fake news (i.e., political satire) and attitudes of inefficacy, alienation, and cynicism toward political candidates.”

Automatic deception detection: Methods for finding fake news

  • “This research surveys the current state-of-the-art technologies that are instrumental in the adoption and development of fake news detection.”

Making up History: False Memories of Fake News Stories

  • “Previous research has shown that information that is repeated is more likely to be rated as true than information that has not been heard before. The current experiment examines whether familiarity with false news stories would increase rates of truthfulness and plausibility for these events. Further, the experiment tested whether false stories that were familiar would result in the creation of a false memory of having heard the story outside of the experiment.”

With Facebook, Blogs, and Fake News, Teens Reject Journalistic “Objectivity”

  • “This article examines the news behaviors and attitudes of teenagers, an understudied demographic in the research on youth and news media.”

The credibility of newspapers, television news, and online news

  • “This exploratory study analyzes the components of credibility of news from newspapers, television, and online sites.”

The Impact of Real News about “Fake News”: Intertextual Processes and Political Satire

  • “This study builds on research about political humor, press metacoverage, and intertextuality to examine the effects of news coverage about political satire on audience members.”

Artificial Intelligence for Investigative Reporting

  • “This paper describes an artificial intelligence-based software system that augments public affairs reporters’ ability to sort through data and identify investigative storytelling opportunities.”

Inoculating the Public against Misinformation about Climate Change

  •  “[E]vidence is provided that it is possible to pre-emptively protect (“inoculate”) public attitudes about climate change against real-world misinformation.”
Academic Resources