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Workshop Fake News

Why are people so easily fooled by fake news? How can we learn to recognize it in order to rob it of its power? This workshop gives students particular insight into the techniques and mechanisms at work behind the smoke and mirrors of fake news and clickbait.

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During our Fake News workshop students take on the role of a fake news reporter and learn how Fake News is made and spread. Once they understand the mechanisms of the trap, they are less likely to fall into it themselves.

In this workshop we train students to resist the ever-rising tide of fake news and disinformation using the methods and philosophies of our partner DROG. The students learn about the phenomenon by looking at why it is made, how it is made, and how to recognise it. In order to do this the students will write fake news articles themselves and post them on our website, let’s see who manages to lure the most people to their fake article.

DROG’s method is based on the inoculation theory: the idea that people can be ‘vaccinated’ against the spread of false information by allowing them to dabble in a controlled and watered-down experience of being the source. Together with the University of Cambridge, DROG has researched the effectiveness of this approach. It concluded that there was a significant improvement visible in the test subjects in recognizing fake news.


  • Introduction to fake news
  • Editorial and writing fake news
  • Trolling and sharing fake news
  • Conclusion and discussion
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Practical information

  • Suitable for: secondary education, age 14 – MBO level 
  • Costs: €250 per class (for workshop at school additional travel costs apply)
  • Location: this workshop is available in our museums in Hilversum and The Hague as well as on location such as your school or library. 
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Group size: maximum 30 students
  • Preparation: download the guide for school supervisors
Download the guide

Book your workshop

The workshops can be booked from Monday to Friday. Have you got any questions? We're glad to help you!

035 – 677 5444 (Monday – Friday 09:00-17:00)