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Journalism: Evaluating Media Sources

This guide will help Journalism students find and evaluate key resources needed to successfully complete their assessments.

What is a media source? 


A media source is a resource that communicates information to the public. Examples of media sources are: 

  • TV News
  • Newspapers
  • Websites
  • Documentaries 
  • Podcasts

Why evaluate media sources?


It is important to evaluate media sources to identify and avoid misinformation, propaganda, and fake news. 

Evaluate media sources


How to spot fake news infographic - consider the source, ready beyond, check the author, find supporting sources, check the date, make sure it's not a joke, check your biases and ask a librarian.

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. (2020). How to spot fake news [Infographic].