Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
First-Year Seminar


FYS Section A11. Fake News and Media Citizenship

Since the 2016 presidential election, the mainstream media and the Trump administration have been accusing each other of trafficking in “fake news”—i.e. misinformation passed off as truth without the factual support required by the professional standards of journalism. How are we to define “fact-based” media content? And how might we practice media citizenship in the face of the impasse between the media and the current administration? This seminar will give you the critical tools to be vigilant news consumers. It will also provide you with the analytic and writing skills that you will need to practice responsible “citizen journalism”—i.e. the collection, dissemination, and analysis of news and information on social media.

Talitha EspirituTalitha Espiritu
Associate Professor of English