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         ~Rose Janusz, LMC Director


Fact Checking Websites

    A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. describes itself as “a nonpartisan, nonprofit consumer advocate for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception in U.S. politics.”
  • PolitiFact
    A Pulitzer Prize winning resource, PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others on its Truth-O-Meter.
  • Snopes
    Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.
  • The Fact Checker
    A blog from the Washington Post, The Fact Checker -- as its name would imply -- fact checks statements by politicians and political advocacy groups.
  • Verification Handbook
    A handbook for journalists who deal with natural disasters, detailing how to verify source information.

Resource Evaluation Guide


Video: How False News Can Spread

Video by Noah Tavlin


Video: Why News Matters

Video by the McCormick Foundation's Journalism Program


Video: 4 Ways to Spot a Fake News Story

Video by HowStuffWorks


TED Talk: How to Separate Fact and Fiction Online

Video by Markham Nolan


Video: Why You Should Triple Check Before You Share

Video by Brian Stelter, host of CNN's Reliable Sources


Podcast: Finding the Fake-News King

Podcast by National Public Radio



Adapted with permission from
Deborah Will, IMC Coordinator
Zion-Benton Township High School

by Rose Janusz
Addison Trail High School
January 19, 2017

The Bigger Question

Patent attorney Vanessa Otero created this chart as a counterpoint to the discussion of fake/real news. While not comprehensive, the illustration demonstrates that evaluating news sources is a more complex undertaking than simply identifying what is "fake" and what is "real."


The Bigger Question -- Part 2

Create your own!

Links to Research, Articles and Lessons

"News" Stories


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