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How to Choose News Sources


Was It Faked?


Distinguish between fact and opinion

Before You Do This Task, You Might…

1. Better understand the difference between fact and opinion:

  • A fact is considered something proven to be true.
  • An opinion is a personal belief that is not founded on proof or certainty.

2. Examine the intent behind a news story vs. an opinion piece:

  • According to Margaret Sullivan, the public editor at The Times, reporters writing a factual news story strive to be impartial — meaning they keep their opinions out of the story.
  • A person writing an essay, review or opinion article is trying to persuade readers to accept their views based on their professional or personal experiences. The writer often uses first or second person (I, we, our, ours, you, yours) to make it clear the article is based on a personal point of view.

3. Take this quiz, which uses sentences from recent Times articles.


Ten Questions


Some Reliable Sources

What to do?

1. Read, watch and listen CAREFULLY.

2. Social Networks -- rule of thumb -- don't be a fool, it may be cool, but check the facts
before you act
and care before you share.

Some generally reliable sources are (some of which require a subscription): The New York Times,   The Wall Street JournalForbesThe AtlanticNational Public RadioPBS NewsHour, The Economist, The Pew Research Center,  BBC, Reuters.


10 Questions


How to Spot Fake News


Avoid Fake News

*Check the source -- is it a .com? .org? .edu or .gov?
Is the source from a Google seach or did you use an
academic databse?

* Use the CRAAP Test - Currency, Relevance, Accuracy,
Authority and Purpose

*Question EVERYTHING!!  Does the site have ads? Did it
"pop-up" on your social network site?  Even though it may
look "reputable" doesn't mean it it!!

*Check the claims in the article.  Can you follow them
up using reputable sources?


Evaluating Sources


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