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CRIM 08 Jackson: Evaluating News

Introduction to Investigation


Take 5 minutes for this activity.

Working in your small group, discuss how you decide whether a news story is credible. Please provide an explanation on your poster.

How to Choose Your News

How do we choose which news to consume? Get the scoop on how opinions and facts affect the news and how to tell them apart (Damon Brown, TED-Ed, 4:48)


Reputable News Sources

Investigating News

There are several strategies you can take to investigate news. These strategies are from Mike Caulfield's Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers and Melissa Zimdars' "False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and/or Satirical ‘News’ Sources."

Click on the links embedded in a story. Check if the original sources are being represented accurately.

Read the other sources. It’s always best to read multiple sources of information to get a variety of viewpoints and media frames. If other news sources are not reporting on the story, this may be the result of media bias and other factors. There should typically be more than one source reporting on a story.

Check your emotions. If the story makes you angry, it’s probably a good idea to find other sources to make sure the story you read wasn’t purposefully trying to make you angry in order to generate shares and ad revenue. If the story encourages you to dox individuals, it’s probably not a legitimate source of news. Dox refers to publishing an individual's personal information with the intent of causing harm.

Use fact-checking websites.

Find out what other websites say about the website.