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Media Literacy Guide: Satire and Tabloids

Determining what is fake news is necessary and can be difficult. This research guide's purpose is to explain steps for finding the facts, how to use one's judgment and give examples for clarification.

Definitions of Satirical and Tabloid news

Some news stories are not news at all but...SATIRE or TABLOIDS


1a literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn

2: trenchant wit, irony, or sarcasm used to expose and discredit vice or folly

Example: The Onion


1: a newspaper whose pages, usually five columns wide, are about one-half the size of a standard-sized newspaper page.

2: a newspaper this size concentrating on sensational and lurid news, usually heavily illustrated.

3: a short form or version; condensation; synopsis; summary.

Example: The National Enquirer

Satire and the News

News Satire from Wikipedia (this article cannot be edited)

List of satirical news websites from Wikipedia (this article cannot be edited)

List of satirical television news shows from Wikipedia (this article cannot be edited)

Not just funny: Satirical news has serious political effects from Ohio State University and Science News


Tabloids are famous for news stories that are odd, exaggerated, sometimes crazy and often fake

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Ryan Tate: Tabloid Chic: How Racy Headlines Unlock Money and Power from Wired, 2013.

Deborah Schaffer: Shocking Secrets Revealed: The Language of Tabloid Headlines from Charters for Compassion

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