While the amount of fake news stories continue to grow, we can find it difficult to decipher what is true and what is not, this guide will give you some insight in telling fact from fiction.
Ten Questions for Fake News Detection from The News Literacy Project.
Many of us approach news from our own point of view which stems from our personal experiences. As such, we are drawn to information and media that share our personal opinions. Each of us need to remember this and make a conscious effort to look at things from a different perspective.
Keep these questions in mind when reading or listening to another's opinion.
Here's a short video about how opinions make their way into news stories.
How To Spot Fake News - an article from FactCheck.org
We Tracked Down A Fake-News Creator In The Suburbs. Here's What We Learned - article from NPR
Six Easy Ways To Tell If That Viral Story Is A Hoax - article from The Conversation
Created by Marla Turgeon
Here's a recent article from Forbes with the author's top 10 publications for ethical journalism.
10 Journalism Brands Where You Find Real Facts Rather Than Alternative Facts
A daily newspaper located in Washington, D.C., the newspaper has a particular emphasis on national politics.
New York Times
A daily newspaper published in New York City.
Their mission: "In a time of media fragmentation and sound bites, NPR has succeeded by focusing on its core: in-depth, quality news. NPR has evolved from a secondary to an essential news source, with dozens of bureaus around the world and the nation. Drawing on more than 340 news staff (reporters, correspondents, newscasters, editors, producers hosts and bloggers) in the United States and abroad — from Washington, D.C., and New York City, to Shanghai and Kabul, we have the capacity to stay on top of breaking news, follow the most critical stories of the day and track complex issues over the long term."
Reuters is an international news agency headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It is a division of Thomson Reuters.
Fact Checking Websites
"We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding."
PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. PolitiFact is run by editors and reporters from the Tampa Bay Times, an independent newspaper in Florida.
"Unlike regular news services, AllSides exposes bias and provides multiple angles on the same story so you can quickly get the full picture, not just one slant."
Their mission: "Promote critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward , nonpartisan, and primarily pro-con format."
An Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.
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