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The News Literacy Project offers resources including an e-learning platform, an app, a new podcast, shareable tips, tools and quizzes. Be sure to checkout the Rumor Guard and'Combating COVID-19 vaccine misinformation'.
Protect yourself from lies and hoaxes with these steps:
1. Slow down and take a second look! Watch for these red flags
strange web address (example abcnews.com.co)
no listing of the source of the picture or information
purposeful evoking of outrage or other strong emotions
logic-defying pictures or text
2. Do a web search to find other sources for the story. But be careful! There may be lots of sites that link to the original fake site, so unless you find the story in a trusted site, keep investigating.
3. Look for the story in a trusted fact checking site. (See recommended fact checking tools below.)
5. Look for the story in a trusted news source. (See next tab for recommended trusted news sources.)
6. Use your own critical thinking skills. Is the story emotionally manipulative? Does this story really make sense?
Fact checking resources
Tips for fact checking! Use the websites below to help you determine the reliability and bias of the information provided by a source. For example, look up the claims, author credentials and organization names mentioned in the source.
Resource for determining media bias through research and consumer opinions. Media Bias/Fact Check also provides occasional fact checks, original articles on media bias and breaking/important news stories.