Read a sentence fragment from a news article and label what you think the typical motivations and reactions would be to this news event.

Full Instructions     (Expand/Collapse)

Thanks for participating in this HIT! You will read a sentence fragment depicting an event from a news article (please note that some of these news articles may contain misinformation). The fragment may contain references to specific organizations or locations. In this case, please write an answer based on the most generic form of this reference (for example if there is a reference to the CDC, provide an answer like "government," "government organization" or "health agency," rather than writing "CDC."

Think about what might be implied by the news event described, including the reaction it might invoke from someone reading about the news event and what the intent of the sentence fragment's author was.

The readers' reactions and author's intent may cover multiple topic categories (for example, a sentence fragment may contain implications relating to technology and society), so when thinking about implications try to consider as many topics as possible.  

Below are examples:

Example What is the author implying about [subject] by writing about this event? Do you think this is misinformation (✗) or real news (✔)? How would someone react after reading about this event?
Deaths from COVID-19 are nearing zero in the U.S. [Disease Statistics]:
  • pandemic is not dangerous
  • life is returning to normal
misinformation ✗ Readers would feel:
  • happy
  • relieved
5G generates the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 in human skin cells. [Technology]:
  • technology is dangerous
  • technology can spread viruses
  • people shouldn't use technology
misinformation ✗ Readers would feel:
  • afraid
  • scared
Readers would want:
  • to stop using their phone
Wearing a face mask to slow the spread of COVID-19 could cause Legionnaires’ disease. [Protective Gear]:
  • wearing a mask is dangerous
  • people shouldn't wear masks
  • some diseases are more dangerous than others
misinformation ✗ Readers would feel:
  • afraid
  • angry at officials about mask requirements
Readers would want:
  • to stop wearing a mask
How a housing crisis could make COVID-19 even worse. [Society]:
  • a housing problem could worsen pandemic conditions
  • there may be economic problems
real ✔ Readers would feel:
  • worried
  • concerned
Readers would want:
  • to prepare
Can coronavirus be transmitted by frozen foods? unlikely, experts say. [Disease Transmission]:
  • coronavirus is probably not transmitted by frozen food
  • it's safe to eat frozen food
real ✔ Readers would feel:
  • relieved
  • safer
Readers would want:
  • to eat frozen food
Americans caring for their grandchildren face risks during pandemic. [Society]:
  • caregiving poses risks
  • caregiving may be dangerous in pandemic times
real ✔ Readers would feel:
  • worried
Readers would want:
  • to learn more
  • to be more informed
  • to be careful




Readers' Reactions     (Expand/Collapse)

    1. Do you think this is misinformation (✗) or real news (✔)?

 Misinformation (✗)
 Real News (✔)

    2. Would readers typically have a reaction to reading about this news event?


    3. How likely are you to want to read more about the article or share it given the sentence shown?


Writer's Intent     (Expand/Collapse)

   4. Is anything implied by this event about [Society] (school reopenings/closures, quarantine policies, etc)?


    5. Is anything implied by this event about [Health Treatments] (vaccines, household remedies, etc)?


   6. Is anything implied by this event about [Protective Gear] (gloves, masks, etc)?


   7. Is anything implied by this event about [Technology] (5G, apps, etc)?


   8. Is anything implied by this event about [Government Entities] (political figures, health agencies like the CDC and WHO, etc)?


   9. Is anything implied by this event about [Disease Statistics] (infection rates, number of fatalities, etc)?


   10. Is anything implied by this event about [Disease Transmission] (transmission types, food safety, etc)?



Optional Demographic Survey Questions. Note: If you have previously filled out these questions, you can skip this section.     (Expand/Collapse)

    11. How old are you?    


    12. What is your education level?    


    13. What is your ethnicity (please select all that apply)?    

    14. What is your gender?    


    15. Which sources do you use most often to read news online (please select all that apply)?    

    If you selected "Other" as a commonly used news source, please enter the name of the news source below:    


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