Interactive game launched by the BBC set to help young people identify ‘fake news’

IN an attempt to combat ‘fake news’, the BBC has launched a new online game to help young people see the signs of a fake story.

The game, BBC iReporter allows players to experience the day in the life of a journalist at the BBC.

It has a ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ style which gives the player first-hand experience of working in a newsroom facing the fast-paced pressures behind covering a breaking news story.

The game is designed for 11-18 year olds for use on mobile, tablet and desktop.

It comes as part of a broader BBC School Report national programme to help 11-18 year olds to identify fake and false stories by developing their critical thinking and media literacy skills.

Resources will be available for young people and teachers across the UK via the School Report website.

Fran Unsworth, director of news and current affairs, said: “Broadcasters and the rest of the news industry have a responsibility to tackle fake news, and I want to use the BBC’s global reach to lead the way”.

In addition, more than 100 BBC journalists, including Huw Edwards, Tina Daheley, Nikki Fox, Kamal Ahmed and Amol Rajan, will deliver workshops in schools and a roadshow of events will take place across the country.

Harry is editor of The Entertainment Gazette, working on Showbiz and Entertainment news in the UK - got a story? +44 7494615641 for tip-offs.

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