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Fake News: How to Evaluate News

How to Identify and Avoid Fake News

Examining Articles

When examining articles, you need to look for: 


  • Name, Credentials, Contact Info


  • Date article was published and/or last updated

Professional and bias-free Writing Style

  • Easy to read, but uses professional language
  • Neutral tone
  • Provides reliable evidence

The following example illustrates authority, date and professional/bias free writing style: 


Look for Evidence

Evidence can be:

  • Hyperlinks to Outside Sources
    • Scientific studies
    • government information 
    • statistics 
    • polls
    • reports
  • Direct Quotes and/or Named Sources
    • witnesses
    • Experts knowledgeable on the subject

What to Watch Out For

Red Flags to Watch out For:

  • Spelling/Grammar mistakes
  • Loaded Language
  • Uses the word “I”
  • Exclamation Points
  • Memes or GIF’s
  • Misuse of Quotation marks
  • Unreliable Evidence
  • Multiple Links to their own site
  • Multiple dead links
  • Links to conspiracy sites

The following examples includes multiple red flags: