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Consider the Source!!
Before you use a source, for an assignment, ask yourself:
- What's the reputation of your source? Try to Google the source, and see if there is an "about" link on their page.
- Are there other news outlets telling the same story? Do these other sources give the same information? Can you find other news sources with the same story?
- When was the story published? Be sure to check the date of the news story.
- Is the story outrageous? The story may be form a parody/humor site. Take a look at the other stories on the website.
- When you open up a news article in your browser, open a second, empty tab. Use that second window to look up claims, author credentials and organizations that you come across in the article.
- Fake news spans across all kinds of media - printed and online articles, podcasts, YouTube videos, radio shows, even still images. Be prepared to double-check everything.
- Beware of confirmation bias. Just because you might agree with what an article is saying doesn't mean it's true. Check these sources also!
- Even the best researchers will be fooled once in a while. If you find yourself fooled by a fake news story, use your experience as a learning tool.
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