The creation of misinformation continues to generate a lot of discussion and it’s no surprise that post-truth is now in the Oxford English Dictionary (and was Word of the Year in 2016). Although many news sources have some inherent bias or political leaning, there are news outlets that are more credible than others.
Verifying news stories (or sites you should get to know)
- FactCheck.org: monitors the accuracy of U.S. political stories.
- PolitiFact: verifies political news stories.
- Snopes: fact-checks Internet rumours and stories. This will determine whether that post your cousin shared on Facebook re: gun violence in America has any merit.
(adapted from Professor Zimdars’ ‘False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and/or Satirical “News” Sources’. Refer to Professor Zimdars’ site for a more extensive list).
- Refer to the ‘About Us’ area on a website to see what it says. and then search online for more information on the story or source. This is referred to as "Lateral Reading" (link to video is 3:17 mins)
- Read multiple news sources to see how (or if) they are reporting on the same story.
Accessing credible news sources
Refer to U of T Libraries' Newspapers guide that provides paywall-free (=free!) access to many national and international newspapers through library databases.
(Source image: IFLA)
- 'Meet the professor who’s trying to help you steer clear of clickbait,' from The Chronicle of Higher Education (UTORid access required)
- 'Young people aren’t skeptical of fake news,' from Futurity
- 'How fake news goes viral: A case study,' from The New York Times