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CRIM 37 Jackson: Evaluating News

Communication and Ethics in Law Enforcement


Take 5 minutes for this acvtivity.

Working in your small group, discuss how you evaluate news. What do you do? What clues do you look for? Write it down on your poster.

I'll ask each group for feedback.

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)


Media Bias Chart

Chart with media sources and their bias

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."

Use fact-checking websites.

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

Find out what other websites say about the website.

Check if other known / reputable news sites are also reporting on the story.

Sometimes lack of coverage is the result of corporate media bias and other factors, but there should typically be more than one source reporting on a topic or event.

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.

Read the other sources.

It’s always best to read multiple sources of information to get a variety of viewpoints and media frames.


Take 10 minutes for this activity.

Working with your small group, explore each article. Using what you have learned, scan the articles for clues to help you figure out which article would be the most trustworthy to share on social media. Answer the poll once you have made a decision. Only one of you needs to complete the poll.

Titles of news articles from left, center, and right sources

Source A: 0 votes (0%)
Source B: 9 votes (81.82%)
Source C: 2 votes (18.18%)
Total Votes: 11