How good are you at spotting fake information?

'Newspaper stand' by Yukiko Matsuoka.

A recent survey by The Conversation that found less than half of Australians aged 8-16 can detect fake information has added momentum to calls for basic journalistic education in schools. 

At a conference late last month in Sydney, led by the children’s newspaper Crinkling News, participants heard from academics and children who want media literacy added to the curriculum.

The suggestion was part of a four-point action plan launched at the MediaMe conference. Its key points were:

  1. Teach media literacy in schools as a mandatory and regular subject.
  2. Young people should be given the tools and access to create their own news media, produced for their peers.
  3. News needs to be verifed.
  4. There should be guidelines for journalists to respect and include young people
    in their coverage of news
  5. Parents should have access to more information about media literacy
  6. News organisations and social media platforms should be more transparent.
  7. The news media industry should establish annual awards for child and teen reporters and create an award for the best news story about young people

But how good are we as adults at spotting deliberate misinformation?

We spoke to people on the streets of Melbourne and gave them some fake headlines to see if they were could tell the difference between fake content and verified news.

They each gave permission for their responses to be filmed – and here’s what they had to say:

Story by Jordan Buchanan (@mrjbuchanan).