Klurfeld and Schneider's news literacy course at Stony Brook University (see below) provides an acronym for students to use when evaluating news sources. A reliable news source should be VIA:
Continue reading for details and examples of each of these elements, or learn more about all of them in the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics (below).
A good news source relies on credible sources and double checks details to ensure accuracy. Take steps to see if you can verify the information in the source you are looking at by comparing it to other reliable sources.
In order to retain its ability to challenge outside influencers and stay committed to reporting for the public good, a news source should avoid conflicts of interest and clearly disclose those that cannot be avoided. In journalism, conflicts of interest may include:
High-quality news sources make a deliberate effort to be responsible for their content and to invite the public into that process. Being accountable in journalism includes: