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  1. Hypothetically, some friends of yours have asked you for advice on reliable/unreliable news sources. First look at the sources you go to for national/international news (not local news). Often, we “Like” a news source so that we get updates on our Facebook pages or on Twitter. Next, some of our friends share posts from the news sources they follow that are different from ours. How do you know if these other news sources are reliable? Well, you have to do some research. Please see the attached current version of directions for my other classes. It is important to read the Rationale by lawyer Vanessa Otero as to what she thought about in making up the categories for her chart and why she put certain news sources in certain categories. I don’t want you to copy what she did. Rather, independently evaluate for yourself which news sources might go where. For instance, I don’t agree with her placing of CNN as a “better than nothing” source because their reporting seems to be current and on target. As to whether they have a left or right bias, I would have to research further.
    1. Explore the News Sources Reliability Charts—the categories and the news media placed in them.
    2. Read through the various articles posted in the Fake News Folder in Assignments on Blackboard.
    3. Then choose one news media from the Internet in general to investigate for each category, across and down (minimum of 12). If you would like to suggest additional news media sources, please confirm with me first. Maybe start with the news sources that you refer to for your daily news.
    4. Fill out the Blank Chart.
    5. Write a rationale of each news media that explains why you put the news media in its particular category— minimum 250 words for each news media. *See below for details.
    6. Post your chart and analyses on the Discussion Board
    7. Each student, please comment on the chart and analyses of a group other than your own— due by classtime Tuesday May 16 for the Tues/Thurs class and due by classtime on Thursday May 18 for the Thursday 7 pm class.

    *Factors to include in Rationale:

    1. Pay attention to the domain and URL.
    2. Read the “About Us” section.
    3. Check the date.
    4. Does the headline match the article? Read beyond the headline.
    5. Check the author.
    6. What’s the support?
    7. Look at the quotes in a story. Are quotes in context? Look at who said them.
    8. Is the story so outrageous you can’t believe it?
    9. Is the story so outrageous you do believe it?
    10. Does the article match the news story it’s lifted from?
    11. Does the story attack a generic enemy?
    12. Are you asked to rely on one killer factoid?
    13. Who is the news source, anyway?
    14. Does the news source appear to employ editors?
    15. Are you told, “Trust me”?
    16. Did the writer engage with anyone who disagrees?
    17. Check the news source’s social media presence.
    18. Are there spelling, punctuation, and/or grammatical errors?
    19. Check your biases.
    20. Consult the experts: FactCheck.org, Snopes.com, the Washington Post Fact Checker, and PolitiFact.com

    Suggested Labels

    1. Fake News (tag fake): Sources that entirely fabricate information, disseminate deceptive content, or grossly distort actual news reports.
    2. Satire (tag satire): Sources that use humor, irony, exaggeration, ridicule, and false information to comment on current events.
    3. Extreme Bias (tag bias): Sources that come from a particular point of view and may rely on propaganda, decontextualized information, and opinions distorted as facts.
    4. Conspiracy Theory (tag conspiracy): Sources that are well-known promoters of kooky conspiracy theories.
    5. Rumor Mill (tag rumor): Sources that traffic in rumors, gossip, innuendo, and unverified claims.
    6. State News (tag state): Sources in repressive states operating under government sanction.
    7. Junk Science (tag junksci): Sources that promote pseudoscience, metaphysics, naturalistic fallacies, and other scientifically dubious claims.
    8. Hate News (tag hate): Sources that actively promote racism, misogyny, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination.
    9. Clickbait (tag clickbait): Sources that provide generally credible content, but use exaggerated, misleading, or questionable headlines, social media descriptions, and/or images.
    10. Proceed With Caution (tag unreliable): Sources that may be reliable but whose contents require further verification.
    11. *Political (tag political): Sources that provide generally verifiable information in support of certain points of view or political orientations.
    12. *Credible (tag reliable): Sources that circulate news and information in a manner consistent with traditional and ethical practices in journalism (Remember: even credible sources sometimes rely on clickbait-style headlines or occasionally make mistakes. No news organization is perfect, which is why a healthy news diet consists of multiple sources of information).
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get sources from Abc news,BBC news and new york times.


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