Who is this class for: This course is aimed at anyone who wants to distinguish credible news from “Fake News” by learning to identify biases and become a critical information consumer.

Created by:  University of Michigan

  • Will Potter

    Taught by:  Will Potter, Howard R. Marsh Visiting Professor of Journalism

    Communication Studies

  • Josh Pasek

    Taught by:  Josh Pasek, Assistant Professor

    Communication Studies

  • Brian Weeks

    Taught by:  Brian Weeks, Assistant Professor

    Communication Studies
How To PassPass all graded assignments to complete the course.
User Ratings
4.7 stars
Average User Rating 4.7See what learners said

How It Works

Each course is like an interactive textbook, featuring pre-recorded videos, quizzes and projects.

Help from Your Peers
Help from Your Peers

Connect with thousands of other learners and debate ideas, discuss course material, and get help mastering concepts.

University of Michigan
The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.
Ratings and Reviews
Rated 4.7 out of 5 of 30 ratings

Even handed introduction to journalism, current.

Good, structured summary of the problem, does give some guidance on the way forward, not deep enough - due to time constraints...

Learn how to spot phony baloney and think critically in the 21st century! This class is needed by anyone who uses the internet. I find the combinations of very well thought out video presentations & quizzes help me retain what is learned. I try to participate in discussion forums, but my internet connection is sketchy where I live, so sometimes my comments get through, sometimes not. I hope they keep this course available for a long time & possibly even bring a 2.0 version in the near future. Thank you to all who worked on

Informative and though-provoking.