Ayshah Tull presents CBBC Newsround. She is a presenter, reporter and journalist on the show and has worked on it for three years.
Dear Burnet News Club members,
I'm Ayshah from CBBC Newsround. Thank you so much for inviting me to answer your questions on fake news. It's such a privilege for me to do it, and I hope I can shed some light on this big issue. Continue to be engaged in the news and the world around you, it means so much for your future.
How do journalists know if all the information that they find is true?
From: Minnie2395 | Grace Academy Coventry
As a presenter, reporter and journalist on the show- we have to think long and hard about the information we’re getting and decide if it’s true before sharing it with our audience. One of the things I do is ask loads of questions about the story and try and figure out whether it’s true or not.
- Has the story been reported somewhere else- by another news organisation?
- Have you heard of the organisation that published the story?- is it a big media company that is trusted
- Does the photo or video look normal?- if there’s something odd about the video, if it’s been changed or altered it might not be real
- Does the story sound believable?- you know that saying if it sounds too good to be true, well sometimes it is. If it’s completely unbelievable then it probably didn’t happen
How does fake news manage to go viral?
From: Edward Heneage Burnet News Club
Some fake news can go viral because loads of people start sharing it. If it’s something unbelievable or shocking the temptation is to send it to your mates or your family and let them know about it. It’s the same way real news goes viral.
People only tend to share things that they agree with. So if people are sharing a lot of fake news, and lots of people believe it, it's easy to get sucked into a bubble that is actually completely different to the real world - and a long way from the truth.
The best thing to do if you’re not sure about sharing a story is to think about where it has come from- does it have a .co.uk or .com address or something a bit different? And is it on the TV or radio already? If not, you might want to think a bit more about it, before sharing it with mates.
Fake news comes in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes it can be about silly things and other times more serious things. It’s important to think about what you hear and ask questions about whether it’s true.
Ayshah Tull, CBBC Newsround presenter
Why is it that the news that sounds silly or unlikely is sometimes true and news that seems likely is sometimes not?
From: Puppy princess 06! | Newington Community Primary School
Fake news comes in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes it can be about silly things and other times more serious things. It’s important to think about what you hear and ask questions about whether it’s true. One sure way of knowing a story is true is to be there when it’s happening. Having a professional journalist seeing it happen before their very eyes is a really good way of knowing it’s not fake. That’s one of the reasons why I’m sent out to report on stories, so I can see it with my very own eyes and then report it back to the children that watch Newsround.
Fake information could be good. Because, although unreliable, In W.W.1 they used fake news to keep moral high so people didn’t give up hope.
From: Dark raven#1 | Ravenscroft Primary School
It has been reported that the recent spread of fake news is a problem.
The first kind of fake news - deliberate lies - is an issue because it can make people believe things that are completely untrue.
The second kind - when people publish something without checking that it's completely right - can make people have less trust in the media, and make everyone believe something that might be inaccurate. To learn more about these differences, read Amol Rajan’s post.
Some people say that fake news stories can have an effect on how people vote, which - if true - is also a serious problem. The UK Parliament has launched an investigation looking into it.