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NPR’s All Things Considered: “How Some Are Trying To Teach Senior Citizens To Spot Fake News”

NPR’s radio program All Things Considered highlighted OATS as one of the few organizations supporting older adults in learning to identify fake news as part of a broadcast about disinformation and the election. The audio features Senior Planet Montgomery County Program Manager Bre Clark and several Senior Planet members as they participate in Senior Planet’s new workshop on how to detect fake news.

“I had never taken ‘fake news’ seriously, because I believed that I could recognize incorrect information when I read it or heard it. After attending the OATS program, I realize that fake news is much more complicated and insidious than I thought it to be. This program gave me the tools to carefully check all sources of news information,” said workshop participant Patricia Cramer.

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8 responses to “NPR’s All Things Considered: “How Some Are Trying To Teach Senior Citizens To Spot Fake News”

  1. Interesting how they teach ‘memes’ which are not meant to be serious, but neglected their own bias. NPR is one of the worst for bias. They should have used ABC news as an example. When the president made a decision about not supporting the KURDS, ABC news took a video from a Kentucky military show, doctored the video to make it darker and more menacing, and showed it on World News Tonight with the announcement ‘This just in, video out of Syria tonight showing the bombing or Kurdish fighters by Syrian forces’. NPR was not concerned about this blatant lie? Only memes meant to serve as jokes?

  2. I would love to volunteer to teach this curriculum/class in my community. My previous experience as a technical trainer would be useful. Do you have the presentation or course notes available to the public? I would love to do this in my community in Nashville, TN!

    1. From the audio, it sounded like they had some case studies, discussed how they knew what to trust offline, and some tools to vet sites and stories online. I don’t think it has to be terribly complicated. If you did want to get in touch with the program, the director is @thomaskamber on Twitter.

  3. I love the program that offers older adults information on spotting fake news. I’m from the Senior Learning Network, which brings educational content to older adults primarily in senior center through video conferencing. I would love to have this as an offering for our centers.

    Who should I contact to get this accomplished?

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