Evaluating a News Source
- Consider the source: Click away from the story to investigate the site, its mission and its contact info.
- Read beyond the headline: Headlines can be outrageous in effort to get clicks.
- Check the author: Do a quick Google search on the author. Are they credible?
- Determine if sources support the story: Click those links. Determine if the subsequent info actually supports the story.
- Check the date: Social media posts are often out of date, google searches can return old stories.
- Consider that it might be satire: If it seems too outlandish, it might be satire. Do some quick research on the site and author to find out.
- Check your biases: Do I assume it is credible, because I already agree with it?
- Ask the experts: Consult one of the fact-checking sites.
Vetted News Sites
In our highly polarized political environment, it is difficult to find news sites that people across the political spectrum will agree are credible. However, there are some that are more likely to be accepted than others. However, just because someone believes a site is not credible, does not make it so. What makes it credible is it's commitment and process for reporting information. Below are sites that that you can use to find news for current events in class.
Generally Considered Credible
- The Wall Street Journal
- Home - BBC News