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Fake News vs. Real News: Tips for Evaluating News Stories

Fake News

Tips for Evaluating News Stories

A Finder's Guide to Facts, NPR, December 11, 2016.

Evaluating Information - Applying the CRAAP Test, Meriam Library, California State University.
Currency: The timeliness of the information.
Relevance: The importance of the information to your needs.
Authority: The source of the information.
Accuracy: The truthfulness and correctness of the content.
Purpose: The reason the information exists - inform, teach, sell, entertain or persuade?

Facebook Feed Fix

Stern, Joanna. "Facebook Feed Fix: See More of What You Want, Less What the Bots Want; the Social Network Insists it Knows what You Want to See; it's Time to Fight Back and Diversify Your Feed." Wall Street Journal (Online) Dec 16 2016. ProQuest. Web. 4 Jan. 2017.

Evaluate News Stories With I'M VAIN

I'M VAIN = Acronym For Evaluating Sources In News Articles

  I    =Independent sources are better than self-interested sources.

  M  =Multiple sources are better than single sources.

  V   =Sources who Verify are better than sources who assert: "I know" vs. "I believe." 

  A/I =Authoritative and Informed sources are better than uninformed sources.

  N   =Named sources are better than unnamed sources.

From the Center For News Literacy, Stony Brook State University.

How to Spot Fake News

Guide from the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.