WCPO: Here’s how you can identify ‘fake news’

UC faculty member, social media expert speaks to the subject of misinformation

Professor Jeffrey Blevins, chair of the UC Department of Journalism, is highly visible of late, as an expert on the topic of misinformation.    

In a Jan. 27. 2022, WCPO I-Team segment, Blevins said he defines fake news as "something that tries to pass itself off as being from a credible or legitimate news source when it is, in fact, not." In the segment he identifies the ways in which misinformation spreads and gives tips for determining credible sources.  

The UC professor co-authored “Social Media, Social Justice and the Political Economy of Online Networks”, a book that examines how information, including fake news, has been manipulated and shared on the internet; and recently published a study on the spread of medical misinformation during the earlier stages of the pandemic

Watch the WCPO interview

Additionally, Blevins was a featured guest on Boston’s GBH 89.7 Listen Live radio program and a cited medical misinformation expert in Healthline.

Featured image at top of Blevins. Photo/UC Creative + Brand/Colleen Kelley.

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