The News Evaluator – Nyhetsvärderaren
In the “News Evaluator” mass experiment, researchers and pupils studied the type of news in young people’s online news feeds. Using a digital tool, pupils categorised and evaluated the credibility of the news in a scientific way.
The News Evaluator project started in 2017 as a mass experiment run as part of the European Researchers’ Night in Sweden. As part of the second phase of the project, a News Evaluator Election Special was run in September 2018, whereby pupils helped researchers investigate political news in young people’s digital feeds prior to the Swedish general election. A revised and translated version of the digital tool was also used by thousands of Danish teenagers in September 2019.
A final version of the digital tool will be launched in November 2020.
The News Evaluator is a collaboration between the Swedish non-profit organisation VA (Public & Science), Uppsala University and RISE – Research Institutes of Sweden.
The aims of the project are to
(1) study what news teenagers encounter in their online news feeds, and how credible these news are, as evaluated by the teenagers themselves using a research-based method for digital source criticism, and
(2) develop a tool that can be used by both schools and the general public for learning a research-based approach to digital source criticism.