Fake news has been loosely defined by several major news outlets, such as The New York Times and the BBC, as encompassing a full range of unverified news reports, ranging from made-up stories intended to solicit money to poor journalism where facts are reported before being checked. Fake news has been around for a long time . . . [but] has received more coverage recently due to the increased popularity of social media and the recent election coverage.
Election highlights concern over "fake news"
Interview with Carrie Forbes, University of Denver Newsroom, January 26, 2017
Fake news in 2016: What it is, what it wasn't, how to help
BBC World News, December 30, 2016
Fake news and the spread of misinformation
Denise-Marie Ordway, Journalists Resource: Research on today's news topics (Harvard Kennedy School), January 9, 2017
How can we learn to reject fake news in the digital world?
The Conversation, December 5, 2016
On the creators of Fake News Sites:
From Headline to Photograph, a Fake News Masterpiece
Scott Shane, New York Times, January 18, 2017
We Tracked Down A Fake-News Creator In The Suburbs. Here's What We Learned
Laura Sydell, NPR: All Tech Considered, November 23, 2016