Fake news and BBC Young Reporter

The online world can be a confusing place sometimes. There’s so much information out there that it’s difficult to know who to trust and how to double-check the things that you see.

As part of BBC Young Reporter, our top journalists give you the lowdown on how thinking like a journalist can help you to weigh up what’s real and what’s fake.

Knowing who to trust

All journalists will have a set of trusted sources up their sleeves, but how do we know who to trust?

In a world of fake news, we’ve all got to make sure that what we share is accurate and trustworthy.

Checking the story

Even in a 24/7 newsroom, it’s so important to pause and make sure that a story checks out before putting it on the news.

BBC journalists share their secrets for checking stories online and on social media.

BBC iReporter

What would you do if you were in the newsroom?

Find out what it's like to be in the thick of it as a BBC journalist with this interactive game, making sure to use all your skills to get the facts straight when reporting on breaking stories.

Click to play the iReporter game

Where next?

BBC Teach: Fake news resources for teachers
Think like a journalist: How to check a story
BBC Young Reporter
Fact or Fake?