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ANTH 232: Peoples and Cultures of Africa: Media

How to Spot Fake News

Six Questions To Help You Figure Out What Media To Trust

From traditional news sources to social media and beyond, it can be challenging to figure out whether something is trustworthy. Author, journalist, researcher and media critic, Tom Rosenstiel offers great advice that can help you with the daunting task of figuring out what media sources to trust. Rosentiel offers six questions that can help you be a more critical thinker and keep you from being misled. These questions are the same ones that editors and media producers use to edit stories and create web pages:

Also, when evaluating resources, remember to check your biases and consult the experts. Confirmation bias leads people to put more stock in information that confirms their beliefs and to discount information that doesn’t.  The next time you’re appalled at some social media post, take a moment to do a little digging. 

News Media Biases Graph

This graph helps visualize how news media can be biased. This site also includes an interactive map that covers hundreds of news sources and is searchable.