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INTR-D 200: Special Topics Intermediate Seminar - Bussiere

News Literacy

The Oxford Dictionaries selected “post-truth” as its international word of the year for 2016.

Post-truth, adj., relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief: “in this era of post-truth politics, it’s easy to cherry-pick data and come to whatever conclusion you desire.”

News Sources

Tips for analyzing news sources:

  • Avoid websites that end in “lo” ex: Newslo. These sites take pieces of accurate information and then packaging that information with other false or misleading “facts” (sometimes for the purposes of satire or comedy).
  • Watch out for common news websites that end in “.com.co” as they are often fake versions of real news sources.
  • Watch out if known/reputable news sites are not also reporting on the story.
  • Odd domain names generally equal odd and rarely truthful news.
  • Check for author attribution.
  • Some news organizations have bloggers post under the banner of particular news brands; however, many of these posts do not go through the same editing process (ex: BuzzFeed Community Posts, Kinja blogs, Forbes blogs).
  • Check the “About Us” tab on websites, but be critical about the information being presented.

Source: Melissa "Mish" Zimdars, False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and/or Satirical “News” Sources

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