With digital tools, it is easier than ever to create, edit, and publish your work to the world. But there is a cost. It is also easier than ever to spread misinformation. And fake news has become a real issue in recent times.
Assessing the quality of the content is crucial to understanding whether what you are viewing is true or not. It is up to you to do the legwork to make sure your information is good.
According to a Stanford study, only 25% of high school students were able to identify an accurate news story when also given a fake one. Students also had a hard time distinguishing between real and fake photographs as well as authentic and staged videos. That is why a 5-step model for critical consuming was introduced.
The 5 c’s of critical consuming:
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Your job in this exercise is to fact-check the content, evaluate the author's background in the subject he/she writes about, and determine the journalistic standards, values, ethics or guidelines of the source. Can you find a standard of commitment to journalistic integrity in these news sources?
BBC news: Trump Attorney General under fire over Russia meetings
Fox news : Sessions get boost from Senate allies
The Daily Caller : Report: The White House found out about Sessions's contact with Russia through the media
The Huffington Post : Growing numbers of Republicans call on Sessions to step aside
Breitbart : Trial lawyer: Jeff Sessions absolutely did not perjure himself
The Daily Beast: Jeff Sessions is losing support fast
CNN: Trump: Sessions "did not say anything wrong"
The Red State: Jeff Sessions, Trump's Russian entanglements, and Obama's shadow government
The New York Tiimes: Sticking with Trump, Republicans resist call for broader Russian enquiry
Need help? Check out the page in this LibGuide on fact-checking.
Credible sources circulate news and information in a manner consistent with traditional and ethical practices in journalism.
Note that even credible sources sometimes rely on clickbait-style headlines or occasionally make mistakes. No news organization is perfect.
In the Libguide Information Literacy you can find tips on how to check for credibility.