AP Thought Talks - News Literacy
News Literacy & Article Evaluation
- Understand that articles, photos, and videos online may include false, mis-, or dis-information.
- Explore various reasons for the viral spread of "fake news" in our digital landscape.
- Utilize information literacy skills to evaluate and identify potentially suspect sources online.
Examples to Evaluate
Examples for Students
Reading Laterally - Read across platforms so you can see what various sources (with various bias leanings) are saying about the same topic. This way you get the whole picture, and get out of your filter bubble.
AllSides. While not a fact-checking site, AllSides curates stories from right, center and left-leaning media so that readers can easily compare how bias influences reporting.
ProPublica. Has won several Pulitzer Prizes. ProPublica produces investigative journalism in the public interest. ProPublica is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism with moral force. We dig deep into important issues, shining a light on abuses of power and betrayals of public trust — and we stick with those issues as long as it takes to hold power to account.
The Sunlight Foundation. Uses public policy data-based journalism to make politics more transparent/accountable.
Blue Feed Red Feed from Wall Street Journal - See Liberal Facebook and Conservative Facebook, Side by Side
Browse and read full-text newspapers from more than 2,300 major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers, plus leading titles from around the world, or search articles instantly by title, headline, date, author, newspaper section, or other fields. InfoTrac Newsstand also includes thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts, and transcriptsChecking for Previous Work
Fact Checking resources
Politifact. This Pulitzer Prize winning website rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials. Features the Truth-O-Meter that rates statements as “True,” “Mostly True,” “Half True,” “False,” and “Pants on Fire.”
Snopes. Often the first to set facts straight on wild fake news claims.
Fact Check. This nonpartisan, nonprofit monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by U.S. political players, including politicians, TV ads, debates, interviews and news releases.
Media Matters. This nonprofit and self-described liberal-leaning research center monitors and corrects conservative misinformation in the media.
NewsBusters. A project of the conservative Media Research Center, NewsBusters is focused on “documenting, exposing and neutralizing liberal media bias.”
Washington Post Fact Checker. Although WP has a left-center bias, its checks are excellent and sourced. Bias because they fact check conservative claims more than liberal ones.
Going Upstream & looking for potential bias
Open Secrets. Run by the Center for Responsive Politics tracks how much and where candidates get their money.
Find out who is behind a particular domain or IP address. Great for verifying who is responsible for a website.
Google Reverse Image Search
An excellent tool for verifying the origins of a photo.