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News Literacy: Evaluating News Sources: Welcome!

Characteristics of Reputable News Sources

A reputable newspaper...

  • Publishes accurate content; checks facts, and if errors are made, corrects them
  • Uses reputable sources (people, documentation) and verifies those sources
  • Presents headlines which accurately represent the article content (that don't play on readers' emotions)
  • Identifies authors of articles clearly with bylines
  • Produces its own content; doesn't merely aggregate content from other sources
  • Identifies content types clearly (e.g. report vs. editorial)
  • Conducts reporting not just editorializing
  • Employs journalists who follow the profession's code of ethics

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