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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.

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4,500 Pound Crocodile Found Roaming the Streets of Houston, Texas Floods

Author:  Click on the author.  Does the link take you to an about page?  No, just a list of posts.

Writing: Has this article been written well and/or edited?

Sources: Who are the sources?  Janice Wright is plausible but scientists?  Scientists of what?  Where do they work?  

And look at the pictures.  Normally a news site would cite the sources of the photos.


Facebook Sold to U.S. Government for $10 Billion - Privacy Concerns on the Rise

Purpose Read the article.  A lot of questions directed at reader.  This article wants you to share it with your opinion.

In addition to wanting the reader to share the article, there is bias language within the article.  

Author:  Click on the author.  Does the link take you to an about page?  No, just a list of posts.

Timing:  When was this post written?  Aside from saying "negotiations began in March 2018" there is no reference to any specific date.  "Today's press release" could be any time from March 2018 on, which means that this article could be shared indefinitely. 

 

Sources:  Where are the sources?  Who has suspected that Facebook is feeding information to government entities? 

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4,500 Pound Crocodile Found Roaming the Streets of Houston, Texas Floods

Author:  Click on the author.  Does the link take you to an about page?  No, just a list of posts.

Writing: Has this article been written well and/or edited?

Example:  Wright, a forty-year resident of Houston, said this 21 foot crocodile is nearly missed her grandson, as he was swimming away from the beast.  

Example:  "My grandson was helping us rescue a group fo people outside their homes, when he said the large beast appeared in the water," said Wright. "That's when he saw this giant crocodile eat a stranded puppy and then it lunged toward my grandson.  All I heard was screaming and yelling!  It almost killed my him!"

Sources: Who are the sources?  Janice Wright is plausible but scientists?  Scientists of what?  Where do they work?  

Example:  ...when a 4,500 pound crocodile was found wading around in their underwater neighborhood, Janice Wright, a forty-year resident of Houston, said this said this 21 foot crocodile is nearly missed her grandson, as he...

Example:  Scientists who receive the alligator after its capture say the animal is around 80 years old.

And look at the pictures.  Normally a news site would cite the sources of the photos. but there is no credit for the photo.

 


Facebook Sold to U.S. Government for $10 Billion - Privacy Concerns on the Rise

Purpose Read the article.  A lot of questions directed at reader.  This article wants you to share it with your opinion.

Example:  Finally, it has pushed him over the edge to sell.  However, $40 billion is not a bad payday!  But will you keep your Facebook account?  Are you concerned about the privacy issues?

In addition to wanting the reader to share the article, there is bias language within the article.  

Example:  ...they excessively use this site to monitor the online activity of Facebook users.  The US government has already been caught taking dodgy steps with individual privacy.  Consiedr that the NSA has been...

Author:  Click on the author.  Does the link take you to an about page?  No, just a list of posts.

Timing:  When was this post written?  

Example:  Secret, closed door negotiations have finally been made public after an agreement was reached by the US Government to purchase the social media giant for $10 billion.  According to todays' press release, negotiation began in March 2018 when Zuckerberg decided to step down...

Aside from saying "negotiations began in March 2018" there is no reference to any specific date.  "Today's press release" could be any time from March 2018 on, which means that this article could be shared indefinitely. 

Sources:  Where are the sources?  Who has suspected that Facebook is feeding information to government entities? 

There is no doubt that Facebook has been a runaway success -- but for who? It has been long suspected that Facebook has been feeding information to the NSA, CIA and other government entities and that they excessively use this site to monitor the online activity of Facebook users.