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BBC journalists to go into schools to tackle fake news

Aiming to educate the next generation about the spread of fake news, the BBC will begin to send its own journalists - including Kamal Ahmed, Tina Daheley, Amol Rajan and Huw Edwards - to secondary schools and sixth forms to educate young people about how to spot and filter out fake news for themselves.

BBC's media literacy project School Report (a collaboration between BBC Academy and BBC News) will deliver the program to 1,000 secondary schools across the United Kingdom from March 2018.

Pupils will even be given the chance to play a journalist in the heart of a newsroom as part of a new game created by animation studios, Aardman.

From next March 1,000 schools will be offered mentoring sessions to spot fake stories that have been published online for some reason or another.

Fake news is a huge problem because while misinformation on the surface might seem like a small thing, it could lead to incorrect perceptions, which in turn could fuel one's prejudice towards a particular subject, race, religion, and so on. - But they arrived at all the wrong conclusions. "We at the BBC have a real responsibility here", he added.

"BBC News, as the most trusted news provider and home of Reality Check, is ideally placed to bring this project to schools and young people around the country".

The BBC's director of news, James Harding, said, "I think that people are getting the news all over the place - there's more information than ever before".

"But, as we know, some of it is old news, some of it is half truths".

Although most of the children from across all age groups said they knew what fake news was, many of them could not always distinguish between fake and real stories when presented with them.



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