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Many news articles and information sources will contain a point of view. Information consumers should always read with an open and critical mind. Beware of "Sponsored Stories," "Promoted Stories," and "Around the Web" content on legitimate news websites!
The Code of Ethics by the Society of Professional Journalists declares that ethical journalists should "distinguish news from advertising and shun hybrids that blur the lines between the two” and “prominently label sponsored content.”
Understanding the difference between news reporting and paid content by advertisers is key to challenging fake news. Check to see if content is marked as promoted, sponsored, or as an advertisement.
Generally Trustworthy Sources for News & Information
Official US government sources:
Independent news outlets:
- AP News - Not-for-profit news cooperative covering worldwide breaking news and investigative reporting
- C-SPAN - Coverage of unedited political and non-political public policy events, interviews and historical programs
- Reuters - Reuters' editorial policy states: "We are committed to reporting the facts and in all situations avoid the use of emotive terms. The only exception is when we are quoting someone directly or in indirect speech."
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International News Sources
Congressional Quarterly (CQ) Researcher via NCLIVE
This resource provides in-depth coverage of some of the most controversial topics of our day in health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy.
Gender Studies on EBSCO
GSD combines the Women's Studies International and Men's Studies databases with the coverage of sexual diversity issues. GSD covers the full spectrum of gender-engaged scholarship inside and outside academia. Several thousand links to freely available and indexed full-text articles and documents on the Internet are available.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context is the premier online resource covering todays hottest social issues, from capital punishment to immigration, to violent video games.