News Literacy

Resources for learning about news production, evaluating news sources, and "fake news."

Class Example

Questions your group is discussing:

IS THIS A RELIABLE SOURCE?

  1. What evidence does the source present to support its claims?​​
  2. Does it display any red flags or areas of concern? What are they? (Think about signs of a reliable/unreliable source.)​​
  3. Select one or two elements of the claims you would like to fact check. What steps would you take to confirm the information?

example 1:

Facemasks in the COVID-19 era: a health hypothesis

Article citation in PubMed: Vainshelboim B. Facemasks in the COVID-19 era: A health hypothesis. Med Hypotheses. 2021 Jan;146:110411. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2020.110411. Epub 2020 Nov 22. 

screencapture of the article title on PubMed


example 2:

A misleading article from Bloomberg?

(Click on the embedded tweet to go to the source.)