Reading the news, Facebook, or our email these days seems more of a chore just to figure out if what you see is worth knowing. “Fake” news, alt-facts, what’s real? Here is a checklist to use in evaluating what you read. According to FactCheck.org, these are essential steps to determining whether a news story is credible.
- Consider the source. Click away from the story to investigate the site, its mission and its contact info.
- Read beyond the headline. Headlines can be outrageous in effort to get clicks. Go beyond headlines.
- Check the author. Do a quick Google search on the author. Are they credible?
- Determine if sources support the story. Click those links. Determine if the subsequent info actually supports the story.
- Check the date.
- Consider that it might be satire. If it seems too outlandish, it might be satire. Do some quick research on the site and author to find out.
- Check your biases.
- Ask the experts. Ask a librarian, or consult one of the fact-checking sites in this list by Donna Cohen, our event speaker April 22nd.