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The Study of Political Science (50:790:102): Evaluating News Sources

Evaluating News Sources

Evaluating News Sources 

Currency.Relevance.Authority.Accuracy.Purpose

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

Library News Resources

Before you Share

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

Check the Source. Confirm the Facts

Types of Mis- and Disinformation

It is vital to understand the types of fake news that exist in order to understand and combat them.

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Spotting Fake News

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