Families and Health Block U
Strategies for Evaluating Sources
10/01 Assignment Instructions
- Get into project groups
- Read the two articles based on your group number
- Are the articles false? True? Partially true? What do you think, and how did you come to that conclusion? If you're stuck, refer to your RADAR handout.
- Discuss with your group and be prepared to report out to the class
Keepin’ It Real Tips & Strategies for Evaluating Fake News
Fake News: Authentic material used in the wrong context or imposter news sites designed to look like brands we already know
Click Bait: Headlines that intentionally leave out crucial information to mislead user into clicking
Bias: A predisposition or tendency that distorts your ability to fairly weigh the evidence and prevents you from reaching a fair or accurate judgment
Confirmation Bias: Pursuing information that reassures or reflects a person’s particular point of view
Verification: an investigative process by which one gathers, assesses, confirms, and weighs evidence to search for truth
Use R A D A R* to evaluate your latest news
R ationale. Who is the audience? Is there bias expressed? Do they have evidence?
A uthority. Who is this? What is their history and education?
D ate. When was this story made available? Are there newer stories on the same topic?
A ccuracy. Was this reviewed by experts? Are there citations or links to other stories?
R elevance. Is this story addressing the topic? Does it add to your knowledge?
FactCheck.Org (http://www.factcheck.org): Founded in 2003, project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The APPC was established by publisher and philanthropist Walter Annenberg
Politifact (http://www.politifact.com/): run by editors and reporters from the Tampa Bay Times, an independent newspaper in Florida
Snopes (http://www.snopes.com/): Created in 1995 by David Mikkelson, a California based writer. Site is a independent, self-sufficient entity funded through advertising revenues.
Tin Eye (https://www.tineye.com) or reverse Google image search: check if images have been photo-shopped, falsely reused, or changed to fit a story’s bias
Mandalios, J. (2013). RADAR: An approach for helping students evaluate Internet sources. Journal Of Information Science, 39, 470- 478. doi:10.1177/0165551513478889.
Meriam Library at California State University, Chico. (2010, September 17). Evaluating information-Applying the CRAAP test. Retrieved from http://www.csuchico.edu/lins/handouts/eval_websites.pdf
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