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Newspapers and News: Evaluating the News

This guide will help you find and evaluate current and historical news items.

Check the Facts!

Each of us approach the news from a point-of-view that has been formed by our backgrounds and our experiences. Naturally, we are attracted to those stories that support the way we already perceive the world. For an unbiased view, you'll need to make a conscious effort to look at a news story from all sides. One way to do this is to cross-check the facts!

  • Are the sources or statistics cited,verifiable and reputable?
  •  Look up "facts" that are used to support any argument.  
  • Is news consistently reported across sources, both conservative and liberal?
  • Look for agreed upon information.
  • Ask yourself, can this information be verified in another source?
  • Is there missing information?

Check Statistics and Polls

Fact Checking

How False News Can Spread

To avoid spreading false news
    Avoid sensationalist media
    Search for criticisms
    Track the original source of a report

How to Spot Fake News

How to Spot Fake News

Fact Check Images on the Web

Analysis on Issues in the News

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