Teaching and Learning

MediaWell compiles this running list of resources for people who want to educate others or themselves about dis- and misinformation, media, technology, and politics.

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Introductory Readings

MediaWell – Defining “Disinformation”
MediaWell’s Live Research Review on Defining “Disinformation,” v1.0

MediaWell – Producers of Disinformation
MediaWell’s Live Research Review on Producers of Disinformation, v1.1

Propaganda Critic
Multimedia resources to help audiences understand and decode propaganda and influence.

Guide to Misinformation and Fact-Checking
Introductory guide to concepts such as misinformation, fact-checking, and credibility

Covid-19 Resources

Tools for “visualizing the relationship between COVID-19 vaccine adoption and online (mis)information” from Observatory on Social Media.

COVID-19 Misinformation Types
Graphs and a coding schema for the most common misinformation narratives from the Ryerson University Social Media Lab.

The Politics of Covid-19
A series of reading lists related to the novel coronavirus outbreak from The Syllabus.

Disinformation Cases
Dis- and misinformation narratives about Covid-19 compiled by EU vs Disinfo.

Covid-19: Responsive Teaching and Learning in Anthropology
A two-part webinar from the American Anthropological Association

COVID-19: Fear, Stigma, and Steps Forward (YouTube)
A webinar from the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Medical Anthropology, with a section on disinformation.

Hands-On Projects

Public Editor
A project of Goodly Labs and Berkeley Institute for Data Science, Public Editor is a transparent and non-partisan effort for citizens to label faulty reasoning in the news.

Multimedia Resources

Reply All Podcast
A podcast covering fascinating narratives about life online.

Recode Media with Peter Kafka
Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, is interviewed in this podcast.

Sawbones Podcast
Sawbones Podcast, a humorous, science-based discussion of bogus medicine throughout history, with timely episodes on vaccines and novel coronavirus.

Programmers, Hackers, and Hacks
A podcast series about the people and practices who have helped create our digital societies.

NPR: Untangling Misinformation Series
A podcast on how widespread misinformation is and attempts to overcome it.

The Anthill: Expert Guide to Conspiracy Theories (March – Apr 2020)
A podcast on the history and impact of conspiracy theories.

QAnon Anonymous
A podcast that analyzes the conspiracy theories of the QAnon group.

Social Media and Politics
A podcast with expert insights on digital politics hosted by Michael Bossetta of Lund University.

Columbia U Teachers College: Media and Social Change
This podcast explored the Media and Social Change Lab, a hub for multimodal and digital scholarship that explores the relationship between media and social change.

Shorenstein Center Media and Politics Podcast
The Shorenstein Center Media and Politics Podcast features insight and expertise from leading voices at the intersection of media, politics and public policy.

Arbiters of Truth
Arbiters of Truth is a weekly podcast on disinformation and misinformation.

Is that a Fact?
From the News Literacy Project, this podcast explores the origins of false narratives and the harm they cause.

Critical thinking: Conspiracy theories, fake news, urban legends, and moral panics
If you’re teaching critical thinking and looking for timely and engaging material, why not try a conspiracy theory? A compilation of podcasts from Southern Connecticut State University.


Moon Disaster
An exploration of deepfake technology produced by the MIT Center for Advanced Virtuality.

Fakeout – Washington Post
A video miniseries from The Washington Post.

Operation Infektion
A video series on Russian disinformation from The New York Times.

Mis- and Dis-information in History

Schwartz, A. Brad. 2015. Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Fake News, Folk News, and the Fate of Far Away Moses
Folklorist Stephen Winick describes a famous 19th-century celebrity death hoax.

Courses and Course Modules

Mediactive: How to Participate in Our Digital World
A self-paced course for adults from Arizona State University.

Confronting Extremism
An online course from UC Irvine about confronting extremism.

Calling Bullshit
Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West’s “Calling Bullshit” course on reasoning and data in higher education.

Journalism, fake news & disinformation: handbook for journalism education and training
UNESCO’s handbook for journalism education, arranged as a series of course modules.

Learning Exercises

Fake News: How To Spot Misinformation
An exercise in spotting misinformation from NPR.

How to Talk to Friends and Family Who Share Misinformation
A tip sheet from PEN America.


CITAP Digital Politics
A series of reports from UNC-Chapel Hill’s Center for Information, Technology and Public Life.

Full Fact’s Research
A series of briefings by Full Fact aiming to provide good evidence about bad information.

Countering Disinformation Guide
A guide to promoting disinformation integrity from the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening.

Combating Information Manipulation: A Playbook for Elections and Beyond
A new playbook from the International Republican Institute (IRI), the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the Stanford Internet Observatory (SIO) aims to help identify, respond to, and build long-term resilience to election-related information manipulation, attacks on information integrity and threats to delegitimize elections globally.


Ackerman, Mark & Clark, Sherman. 2018. Fall. “Fake News”: Truth, Misinformation, and Public Trust. University of Michigan
https://ssw.umich.edu/sites/default/files/documents/course-outlines/20192/F18SW741004.pdf [PDF]

Asher, Andrew. 2017. Spring. COLL-X 101. Experimental Topics: Fake News and Misinformation. Indiana University Libraries & Department of Anthropology.

Andrews, Wyatt. 2017. Fall. MDST 3680. The News Media. University of Virginia

Daniels, Lee. 2019. Fall. MHC 348. Too Much Information? Social Media and the Threat to American Politics. CUNY Macaulay Honors College
https://macaulay.cuny.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Too-Much-Information-Social-Media-and-the-Threat-to-American-Politics-Sp19-Syllabus.pdf [PDF]

Donovan, Joan. 2019. Fall. DPI-622. Media Manipulation and Disinformation Campaigns. Harvard Kennedy School

Farhart, Christina. 2018. Fall. POSC 210. Misinformation, Political Rumors, and Conspiracy Theories. Carleton College.
https://d31kydh6n6r5j5.cloudfront.net/uploads/sites/64/2019/04/210F18.pdf [PDF]

Ford, Charlotte. 2018. Spring. HNRS 308. “Fake News” and the Search for Truth in Today’s Media. University of Montevallo

Guess, Andrew. 2017. Fall. Politics 327. Mass Media, Social Media, and American Politics. Princeton University.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/zn8qaau718lqpr5/POL327Syllabus_Fall2017.pdf [PDF]

Johnson, Tom. J349T. News Media & Politics. University of Texas at Austin
https://journalism.utexas.edu/sites/default/files/08335-Johnson%20.pdf [PDF]

Jones, Matthew & Wiggins, Christopher. Data: Past, Present & Future. Columbia University

Kreiss, Daniel. 2019. Spring. MEJO 890. Fault Lines: The Big Debates in Political Communication Research. UNC Journalism and Media (Grad) https://danielkreiss.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/890.1-kreiss-spring2020.pdf [PDF]

Lewis, Seth. 2017. Fall. Fact or Fiction? University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication

Marwick, Alice & Lewis, Becca. Media Manipulation & Disinformation Online. Data & Society.
https://datasociety.net/pubs/oh/DataAndSociety_Syllabus-MediaManipulationAndDisinformationOnline.pdf [PDF]

McGrath, Jim. 2018. Summer. Leadership and Media Literacy in The Age of Fake News and Big Data. Brown University Leadership Institute (High School)

Mercieca, Jennifer. 2020. Spring. COMM 438. Propaganda. Texas A&M
https://7991bb1e-0d62-48eb-ab48-322d00a47622.filesusr.com/ugd/1c004b_292cb16979f2483f9ad0b1c380feed94.pdf [PDF]

Nielsen, Rasmus Kleis. 2013. Media, Public Opinion, and Politics. University of Oxford (Grad)
https://rasmuskleisnielsen.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/media-public-opinion-and-politics-syllabus-and-reading-list.pdf [PDF]

Nyhan, Brendan. GOVT 30. Political Misinformation and Conspiracy Theories. Dartmouth University.
http://www.dartmouth.edu/~nyhan/misinformation-syllabus.pdf [PDF]

Rangappa, Asha. 2019. Summer. Democracy & Disinformation. Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
https://summer.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Syllabi/2019/GLBL%20S343E%20-%20Disinformation%20%26%20Democracy%20Syllabus.pdf [PDF]

Stanley, Jason. 2020. Spring. PHIL 177. Propaganda, Ideology & Democracy. Yale University
https://cpb-us-w2.wpmucdn.com/campuspress.yale.edu/dist/7/272/files/2020/01/PID-Syllabus-2020.pdf [PDF]

Starr, Paul. 2018. Spring. WWS 334/SOC 319. Media and Public Policy. Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Trust, Torrey. 2018. Fall. EDUC 897C. Seminar in Digital Media Learning. University of Massachusetts Amherst

Vaidhyanathan, Siva. MDST 4101. Privacy and Surveillance. University of Virginia

West, Jevin & Bergstrom, Carl. 2019. Fall. INFO 270/BIOL 270. Calling Bullshit: Data Reasoning in a Digital World. University of Washington

Woodall, Gina. 2019. Spring. POS 338. Fake News: Hows to Identify & Refute it. Arizona State University

Zuckerman, Ethan. 2019. Spring. MAS 700. News and Participatory Media. Massachusetts Institute of Technology.