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.
-Carrie Forbes, University Librarian, Southern Oregon University