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


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.

Multimedia Resources


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

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.



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


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.



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



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, Ashley. 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.