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News Sources: How to Know if a Source is Credible/Legitimate vs. NOT Credible/Illegitimate/Misinformation

Things to look for

  • Always view information with a critical eye. Look up the claims that the news articles produces, as well as the organization and author publishing the story. 
  • Sometimes the way you phrase your search yields biased results. Even if an article might not confirm what you believe, the evidence might be true, and you shouldn't ignore it. 
  • Fake news can be found on various platforms, such as YouTube, Facebook, radio shows, images, articles, etc. 
  • Images and photographs can also be part of fake news. Sometimes they are edited or digitally manipulated. If you suspect a photo or image of being false, perform a reverse image search using Google or Tin Eye.

Helpful Hints for Spotting Spoofs