Scholarship Essay Contest

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Fake News

Posted: March 24, 2017

For the spring 2017 semester David Barbour has pledged to make $500 available to the best undergraduate student research paper on the following topic: 

Fake News ($500 undergraduate award, spring 2017)

Fake news websites (also referred to as hoax news) deliberately publish hoaxes, propaganda, and disinformation purporting to be real news — often using social media to drive Web traffic and amplify its effect. Unlike news satire, fake news websites seek to mislead, rather than entertain, readers for financial, political, or other gain.

The Communication and Journalism Department is awarding a $500 writing prize for the best paper on Fake News for the Spring 2017 Semester.  Papers may cover the history of Fake News, particularly egregious examples, or other issues around Fake News, but the winning paper will likely contain useful suggestions for countering Fake News.  We are seeking scholarly and well documented papers. 

Please submit well written and researched essays for scholarship funds! 

The essay deadline is April 17.  

Please submit essays to Dr. Marissa Floyd at