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Fake News

How to find credible information on the Internet and avoid spreading misinformation and disinformation

Critical news consumers...

1. Seek out news sources which follow journalism ethics and standards, including a commitment to striving for accuracy; drawing conclusions based on relevant facts; aiming for impartial reporting; doing no harm to others; and holding themselves accountable.

2. Look for credible news sources which generate original reporting and clearly label commentary and editorials.

3. Check their gut. If a story makes you feel outrage, consider whether the outlet is trying to manipulate emotionally rather than informing you. We should feel horror when told about tragedies, but we must guard against the call to see others negatively.

4. Look for longer articles.  Many 'fake news' outlets rely on one or two paragraph stories to drive advertising. In-depth reporting will better inform you on our complicated world.