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Poverty, Policy, and Justice (525:160:03)

Honors Seminar, Mazelis, Spring 2023.

Evaluating News Sources

Evaluating News Sources 


Currency: Is this a recent article?

Relevance: Is the article relevant? Does the content match the headline?

Authority: Who is the author? What are the author's credentials? What is the domain of the website?

Accuracy: Is this article from an reputable and unbiased source?

Purpose: Does this article provoke an emotional response?

See full Evaluating News Sources Research Guide

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Before you Share


A bit about CLICKBAIT. Every time a story is clicked on, money is made. It doesn't matter if it is accurate or authoritative- YOU must determine those qualities before you share or click.

EMOTION: What emoji does it make you want to use? Misinformation, disinformation and propaganda are all designed specifically to elicit a strong emotional response. Check your confirmation bias, approach with informed skepticism.

Video: Emotional Skepticism

VERIFY: Are there links to other sources to back up the facts? Does the information appear on other news sites? Can you find the original source of a story or image shared widely on social media? Can it be verified by fact checking websites?

AUTHORS: Google the author. What else have they the written? Find information to determine authority.

SOURCE: Check the URL. What is the source's intent?  Links to other sources? Reverse Google search images that accompany the article. Verify embedded videos and tweets.


Evaluating News Sources Workshop Room

Types of Mis- and Disinformation

It is vital to understand the types of fake news that exist in order to understand and combat them. Image of the 7 types of mis-and disinformation as described in the text belwo

7 Types of Mis-and Disinformation (First Draft)

Satire or Parody: No intention to cause harm but has potential to fool.

Misleading Content: Misleading use of information to frame an issue or individual.

Imposter Content: When genuine sources are  impersonated.

Fabricated Content: New content is 100% false, designed to deceive and do harm.

False Connection: When headlines, visuals or captions don't support the content.

False Context: When genuine content is shared with false contextual information.

Manipulated Content: When genuine information or imagery is manipulated to deceive.

Spotting Fake News


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