I've been writing about entertainment/celebrity news most of my adult life. I've been published consistently since I was 15. When I was learning my craft, I took my journalism training very seriously. "Report only the facts, verify your sources, keep clear of controversial topics, that kind of thing. Now, the rules seem to have changed and I am not so comfortable writing about celebrities and other public figures anymore.
There are so many "Fake News" stories and outlets as well as well as way too much celebrity gossip and scandal news which I have no interested in reporting.
I came across this story on actress Angelina Jolie and how she plans to produce a TV show that will teach older kids how to spot fake news stories. I was intrigued. Now, that's a novel idea.
Fake News just seems to be everywhere on the Internet. But what exactly constitutes Fake News and how will older kids be able to determine the difference?
According to Wikipedia, Fake News is "a form of news consisting of deliberate disinformation or hoaxes spread via traditional news media or online social media. Digital news has brought back and increased the usage of fake news, or yellow journalism."
Bottom line: Fake News is information that cannot be verified, without sources, and possibly untrue.
Jolie, who has six children teamed with the BBC to create BBC My World, which will "explain the stories behind news and offer facts and information" to help kids over the age of 13 make up their own minds on pressing international issues.
In a statement, The Maleficent star explained: "As a parent I am happy to be able to give my support to a program that aims to help children learn more about the lives of other young people around the world, and connect to them to each other. I hope it will help children find the information and tools they need to make a difference on the issues that matter to them."
BBC My World will be a weekly half-hour program airing Sundays at 11:30 a.m. on BBC World News and will also be made available via a YouTube channel. The program does not yet have an air date.