Journalists and educators turn to NLP for help with ‘fake news’

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With the public’s attention focusing on issues related to “fake news,” journalists and educators across the country are coming to us to learn how to know what to trust. An op-ed column in the International Falls (Minnesota) Journal suggested that readers use NLP’s resources to “bone up on our ability to gauge the accuracy and purpose” of information found in print, on radio and television, and online. An editorial in The Columbia Chronicle, the student newspaper at Columbia College Chicago, mentioned Facebook’s collaboration with NLP as one way to combat “fake news” on social media. And Peter Adams, our senior vice president for educational programs, spoke with Julie Smith of BAM! Radio, an education-oriented talk radio network, and offered teachers ideas on weaving news literacy concepts into their lessons.

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