When evidence isn't evidence: Telling fake news from real news...

When evidence isn’t evidence: Telling fake news from real news…


How good are you at spotting fake news? One of the many problems that non-academic evidence-based practitioners face is understanding the veracity or trustworthiness of research papers. Many  practitioners do not  always realise is that many

  • studies,
  • think tank reports,
  • blog posts,
  • LinkedIn posts,
  • white papers,
  • reports and other expert opinion articles

are frequently biased.  One of the reasons that most academic journals these require researchers to  make clear their affiliations (which institutions they are from and who funded the research) is so that other researchers can tell if there is any likelihood of bias due to the agendas of the corporations they either receive funding from, are sponsored or employed by.

The American University’s (AU) (a private, research focussed university in Washington, D.C. ) School of Communication has a really interesting project around evidence-based journalism that you might want to know about and play with.


The American University


What particularly caught my eye recently was an interesting collaboration the School of Communication has with another department within the University called the GameLab.  This collaboration has brought together academics from the world of journalism and computer gaming.  A  School of Communication research team known as JoLT or Journalism and Leadership Transformation  has been working with the GameLab to produce  a research project/game to look at whether people can accurately spot fake news or real reporting and information.

JoLT -


The game called FACTITIOUS is interesting and will test your ability to be able to spot fake news. In playing the game you will also be helping the researchers conduct their research into what people look for to spot a fake, and how good they are at working out the biased from the unbiased reporting.

 You can play the FACTITIOUS game here and help with their research


What score did I get?

Ah! Er – I got 80% correct.

Your go…




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David Wilkinson

David Wilkinson is the Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Review. He is also acknowledged to be one of the world's leading experts in dealing with ambiguity and uncertainty and developing emotional resilience. David teaches and conducts research at a number of universities including the University of Oxford, Medical Sciences Division, Cardiff University, Oxford Brookes University School of Business and many more. He has worked with many organisations as a consultant and executive coach including Schroders, where he coaches and runs their leadership and management programmes, Royal Mail, Aimia, Hyundai, The RAF, The Pentagon, the governments of the UK, US, Saudi, Oman and the Yemen for example. In 2010 he developed the world's first and only model and programme for developing emotional resilience across entire populations and organisations which has since become known as the Fear to Flow model which is the subject of his next book. In 2012 he drove a 1973 VW across six countries in Southern Africa whilst collecting money for charity and conducting on the ground charity work including developing emotional literature in children and orphans in Africa and a number of other activities. He is the author of The Ambiguity Advanatage: What great leaders are great at, published by Palgrave Macmillian. See more: About: About David Wikipedia: David's Wikipedia Page