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FactCheck.org - A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center. Don't get spun by Internet rumors. - FactCheck.org. Just because you read it on Facebook or somebody’s blog or in an email from a friend or relative doesn’t mean it’s true.

Don't get spun by Internet rumors. - FactCheck.org

It’s probably not, as we advised in our special report “That Chain E-mail Your Friend Sent to You Is (Likely) Bogus. Seriously,” on March 18, 2008. More recently, we addressed the problem of bogus “stories” from fake news sites: “How to Spot Fake News,” on Nov. 18, 2016. On this page, we feature a list of the false or misleading viral rumors we’re asked about most often, and a brief summary of the facts. But click on the links to read the full articles. Did Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch start a fascism club in high school?

Did the Obama White House hold Islamic prayer five times a day, and provide prayer rugs for Muslim employees and visitors? Is Ruth Bader Ginsburg resigning from the Supreme Court? In the election, did Hillary Clinton only win 57 out of 3,141 counties? Is it true that there were more votes than voters in Wood County, Ohio, and St. How to Spot Fake News - FactCheck.org. Fake news is nothing new.

How to Spot Fake News - FactCheck.org

But bogus stories can reach more people more quickly via social media than what good old-fashioned viral emails could accomplish in years past. Concern about the phenomenon led Facebook and Google to announce that they’ll crack down on fake news sites, restricting their ability to garner ad revenue. Perhaps that could dissipate the amount of malarkey online, though news consumers themselves are the best defense against the spread of misinformation. Not all of the misinformation being passed along online is complete fiction, though some of it is. Snopes.com has been exposing false viral claims since the mid 1990s, whether that’s fabricated messages, distortions containing bits of truth and everything in between. A lot of these viral claims aren’t “news” at all, but fiction, satire and efforts to fool readers into thinking they’re for real.

In 2008, we tried to get readers to rid their inboxes of this kind of garbage. Here’s our advice on how to spot a fake: How to Evaluate the Credibility of a Source (with Cheat Sheet) Edit Article Source Evaluation HelpEvaluating the Credibility of Sources Edited by Sbenjamin, Sondra C, Krystle, Luv_sarah and 41 others We are constantly surrounded by information, and it is not always easy to know which sources to trust.

How to Evaluate the Credibility of a Source (with Cheat Sheet)

Being able to evaluate the credibility of information is an important skill used in school, work, and day-to-day life. News has become sensationized. " The topics that are used in digital storytelling range from personal tales to the recounting of historical events from exploring life in one's own community to the search for life in other corners of the universe, and literally, everything in between.

News has become sensationized

" -Bernard Robin. 2010 Pages. Reliable_and_Unreliable_Sources-1.pdf. Evaluating Sources. Close Reading for Newspapers. In the previous two columns we introduced the idea of close reading, emphasizing the importance of the following: To read well, in addition to having the above understandings, students must be able to identify the big picture within a text, to determine the key ideas within the text early on, and to see the scaffolding that connects all the ideas within the text.

Close Reading for Newspapers

In other words, they need to develop structural reading abilities. Moreover, students need to see that there are generalizable skills one must develop to read sentences and paragraphs well. In addition, students must develop reading skills specific to reading certain kinds of texts – like textbooks, newspaper articles and editorials. In this column we will focus on the theory of close reading. Structural Reading Structural reading is a form of close reading applied to the overall structure of an extended text (usually a book).

To read structurally, ask these questions: What does the title tell me about this book? News-Values. For more than a century and a half, men and women of The Associated Press have had the privilege of bringing truth to the world.

News-Values

They have gone to great lengths, overcome great obstacles – and, too often, made great and horrific sacrifices – to ensure that the news was reported quickly, accurately and honestly. Our efforts have been rewarded with trust: More people in more places get their news from the AP than from any other source. In the 21st century, that news is transmitted in more ways than ever before – in print, on the air and on the Web, with words, images, graphics, sounds and video. But always and in all media, we insist on the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior when we gather and deliver the news. That means we abhor inaccuracies, carelessness, bias or distortions. It means we will not knowingly introduce false information into material intended for publication or broadcast; nor will we alter photo or image content. It means we don't plagiarize. On the record.