We are bombarded with news and information every day. What skills do you need to evaluate what you find on the internet? How do you distinguish the good from the bad, what is biased, misleading, distorted, or outright false? How do journalists handle this issue? How do you evaluate how much privacy you have on the web?
This guide provides a variety of journalism and library resources to help you become a more savvy and critically-informed online news consumer.
Standard for Journalists
VIA - Verification, Independence, and Accountability
"Does this news report verify its statements? (Does the reporter, in other words, open the freezer?) Has this person or organization created a report free of entanglements or agendas? Does the editor or producer stand by the accuracy of the report and hold accountable whatever sources are quoted?" --Renée Loth "What's Black and White and Retweeted All Over? Teaching News Literacy in the Digital Age."
Check whether an image has been used before on the internet and where. Is that image from a suspicious news source one that was stolen from elsewhere on the web and changed? Was the image from a past or different event altogether? You can even use a reverse image search for a profile photo to see if it might be a fake account. Note: just because you don't find a match doesn't mean the image isn't on the web. No search tool is perfect or definitive.