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Evaluating News Sources

In this guide, you will find information, tools, and tips to evaluate and verify fact-based news sources.

It's important to carefully evaluate the news source to determine the validity of the information. Use our checklist to determine the creditability of what you are reading. 

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It's important to carefully evaluate the news source to determine the validity of the information. Use our checklist to determine the creditability of what you are reading. 

Evaluation Checklist

Purpose:  What is the purpose of the publication?  Is it to inform or persuade? Is it biased? Does it provide more than one point of view? 

Author:  Is the author's name listed? Are the author’s credentials, such as educational background, occupation, or affiliation or listed?

Writing:  Are there a lot of mistakes? Are there misspellings, bad punctuation, or slang?

Timing:  When was it written? How current is it?  Is there a publication date?

Sources:  Are there any citations? If there are citations with links, where do the links lead? Can it be confirmed by other sources?

 

Tips and Tricks

  • If you are clicking on a lot of links to get to the source, the cited information might be false or taken out of context
  • Look at the URL. Many hoax news sites use a .com.co to fool people into thinking it is a real site
  • Check out the "About Us" section to learn about the source