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Fake News: What You Can Do

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Be skeptical...ask questions

Be objective about your media sources - be aware of bias

Make use of non-partisan, online fact checking sites

Find reputable and trustworthy news sources

Learn ways to spot fake news

Be skeptical...


Be Skeptical of all sources that you find whether online or in print! Consider the questions presented in, How to Spot Fake News below:

Consider the Source: Navigate away from the story to investigate the site, its mission and its contact info.

Read Beyond: Headlines can be outrageous in an effort to get clicks. What's the whole story?

Check the Author: Do a quick search on the author(s). Are they real? Are they credible?

Supporting Sources? Click on those links. Determine if the info given actually supports the story.

Check the Date: Re-posting old news stories doesn't mean they're relevant to current events.

Is it a Joke? If it's too outlandish, it might be satire. Research the site and author to be sure.

Check Your Biases: Consider if your own beliefs could affect your judgment. 

Ask the Experts: Ask your instructor, a librarian, or consult a fact-checking site.

Learn to Use Online Fact Checkers


From the Annenburg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. "We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding."


"PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. PolitiFact is run by editors and reporters from the Tampa Bay Times, an independent newspaper in Florida."

Started in the 90s, is perhaps the most popular website for looking up urban legends, but they also fact check misinformation of all kinds.

Learn Ways to Spot Fake News

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Be Objective About Your Media Sources

Check out this chart, created by AllSides, to get an idea of what bias popular news sources have.



Find Reputable and Trustworthy News Sources

Examples of reputable and trustworthy online news resources:

·        BBC News

·        National Public Radio News

·        The New York Times

·        Reuters

·        The Washington Post

See characteristics of reputable news sources

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