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Why News Literacy?

In the recent years, fake or misleading news has become more prevalent especially with so many health and political webpages within easy access on our phones, tablets, computers and television screens. This page will help readers think critically about the resources they find and evaluate them for accuracy and bias.

Your Filter Bubble
The term "Filter Bubble" was created by internet activist Eli Pariser around 2010. The meaning being algorithms are created to selectively guess what information you would like to see based on previous click-behavior, location, and search history. This can create a sense of isolation, or a bubble, as the user is not seeing recommendations that may contrast their viewpoint. Therefore it is reinforcing the already standing viewpoints the user may have. Learn more with Eli Pariser's Ted Talk.

 

Recognize and Evaluate Bias

False News has been around for centuries. Here are recommended bias-checking resources:

Media Bias/Fact Check
Media Bias/Fact Check has over 2800 sources listed in their database. We recommend using their search feature to check the bias of any name or URL source.

AllSides
AllSides "strengthens our democracy with balanced news, diverse perspectives, and real conversation". Use this to see news coverage from the left, right, and center. Uses an algorithm to assign bias ratings to news and other issues.

NewsGuard

NewsGuard uses journalism to fight false news, misinformation, and disinformation. Trained analysts, who are also experienced journalists, research online news brands to help readers and viewers know which ones are trying to do legitimate journalism and which are not.

Download the NewsGuard browser badge. Badges appear next to links in search results and social media feeds. Hovering over each badge reveals how the site fared against NewsGuard's standards and enables users to click to read the full "Nutrition Label" review.

Quickly decipher if:

  A website is generally adhering to basic standards of credibility and transparency.

  A website is generally failing to meet basic standards of credibility and transparency.

  A humor or satire site receives a satire rating, indicating that it is not a real news website.

  A site receives a platform rating if it primarily hosts user-generated content that it does not evaluate. 

The free NewsGuard browser extension is available for Chrome, Edge, Safari, and Firefox. They do not collect any personal data of any kind from those using the extension. 

Fact Checking

Here are our Fact Checking recommendations:

Snopes
Search thousands of fact checks and investigations in their database to discover what is true and what is total nonsense. You can also send them a story or a tip if you can't find what you're looking for.

Politifact
Focuses on looking at specific statements made by Politicians and rating them for accuracy. Politifact is a nonprofit run by the editors and journalists who make up the PolitiFact team.

Who Is
Search the whois database to look up domain and IP owner information and more. Get all the data you need about a domain and everything associated with that domain. Use it find who owns a website when you can't quite figure it out.

Google Reverse Image Search
A content-based image retrieval technique that can help you find more information about the images you see in search results or on webpages. For example, you can tell what site the image came from and its dimensions.