Fake news – lažne novice – Fake News: untrue information, usually used to damage an entity or people, or making profit for advertising revenue.

Disimformation – napačne informacije – Falschmeldung : This is a specific type of fake news. It’s a deliberate attempt to mislead using material that the deceiver knows is untrue. Disinformation is designed to be widely shared. The purpose is often to persuade people to think a certain way, vote a certain way or to make money from advertising each time someone clicks on a story.

Misinformation – napačne informacije – Falschmeldung : Another specific type of fake news. This is an umbrella term to describe false, misleading or out of context material regardless of the motivation behind it. It can also be described as bad information.

Context – sobesedilo – Kontext : In life, most events / things don’t just happen out of the blue, just like that, without explanation. Circumstances surrounding an event give it context. This means you can fully understand the many possible reasons and explanations as to why an event happened.

Clickbait – zavajujoči naslovi – Klickköder : Eye-catching but misleading headlines, designed to get people to click on links to make money or views for a website. Clickbait headlines are designed to hook you in so it can include lots of exclamation marks, appealing photographs and titles like “Best Ever!” or “You Won’t Believe…” stories that you just can’t help but click on.

Opinion – mnenje – Meinung : Your opinion is how you feel, and what you think about things. In the news, it’s important to understand if you are reading someone’s opinion about an event, or a factual news piece which will inform you so you can work out your own opinion on it.

Parody – parodija – Parodie : Parody or satire are comical ways of looking at serious information, often through imitation, exaggeration or irony. Across social media you might see parody images or satirical jokes about people like the US President Donald Trump, such as making him look orange in a photo – but sometimes people can share them and respond as though they are real, which can generate fake news.

Reliability – zanesljivost – Zuverlässigkeit : Reliability refers to, as you’d imagine, how reliable or trustworthy something is, in this case, a news story. If asking about the reliability of a news story, you might ask if it was written by a journalist from an organisation that you have heard of before. Are they known to base their stories on facts or flimsy attention-grabbing headlines? Their reliability depends on how much they can be trusted. Another great test for reliability is if the news story is reported on multiple news sights or by lots of different news sources – this suggests that it is real and the information is reliable.

Source – viri – Quelle : The source is the beginning, the starting place or the origin, so for a news story it’s the journalist who wrote the story. At school it might be the person who first started the rumour that’s doing the rounds that day or week. It’s important to check the source of a story so you can decide if it is true and based on facts or just their opinion.

Verification – preverjanje – Verifizierung : Verification is making sure something is what it says it is, checking where it has come from. It means a site, an address or an account is verified and real. In life, it may mean that a person who comes to repair the internet shows you their ID badge before you let them in, as a way for you to verify they are who they say they are.

Bias – pristranskost – Vorurteil : Looking out for bias in a story that means it may just support or push a certain argument or doesn’t show fairness to different sides of the story. It’s important for news stories and the journalists writing them not to show bias when presenting the facts as this can make the viewer think one side of the argument is more important than the other.