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How can you tell if the news you read is real?

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In this Nov. 15, 2018 file photo, the icons of Facebook and WhatsApp are pictured on an iPhone.

Before we end our special week of coverage about who is in charge of the news, we wanted to empower all of you with ways to distinguish credible journalism from social media posts that may be shared by your friends and family that’s not based in fact. Today on the show, we were joined by the head of UIUC’s journalism department and a Ph.D. student in Learning Sciences at Northwestern. We also had advice about distinguishing posts from the News Literacy Project’s senior vice president of education.


Peter Adams

Senior vice president of education, News Literacy Project

Stephanie Craft 

Professor and Head of the Department of Journalism, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Michael Spikes 

Ph.D student in Learning Sciences, Northwestern University



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Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick is the News & Public Affairs Director for the Illinois Newsroom. He started at WILL in October of 2019 after serving as News Director for WKAR in East Lansing, Michigan. Previously, he was a news producer and manager at the NBC station in Dallas, where he won 7 Emmy awards. Born in Vietnam, Reginald is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. Email: rh14@illinois.edu Twitter: @RNewsWILL

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