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Consider the Source
Compare and contrast these two sources, thinking about these things:
- What are some things they have in common?
- Who wrote this? Is he or she an expert or authority on the topic?
- Given the article length, language used, etc., what sort of audience do you think this article is geared at?
- What is this?
- Who Published this?
- For what audience is this written? — note the vocabulary, writing style, depth of content, etc.
- How long did it take to write this? — a few hours? days? months? years? Why does this matter?
More source types
- Critique the value of this information
- QUESTION: Is there anything here that might lead to you additional info?
- QUESTION: Where is this information coming from?
- QUESTION: Is the author of this article an expert on the topic?
- Is there anyone mentioned in the article who is?
- QUESTION: What the heck is this?
- How does it differ from the other sources above?
Evaluating News Sources
Just because something is from a supposedly biased source, does that mean we disregard it altogether? Is the information true but presented deceptively? Can authors be biased? Can publications be biased?
Media Bias/Fact Check
What criteria does this website use to determine bias? What criteria or sources does it use to evaluate fact checking?
Why should we trust this website? Should we?
Look up some of your favorite news sources and see what it has to say.
Media Bias Chart
This is a useful chart to look at when considering media bias.
Ad Fontes Media, Inc. is a company founded in 2018 by Vanessa Otero, creator of the Media Bias Chart. The mission of Ad Fontes Media is “making news consumers smarter and news media better.”
Ad Fontes Media is incorporated as a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) in Colorado. The stated public benefit of Ad Fontes Media is the same as its mission.
Ad Fontes is Latin for “to the source,” because at the heart of what Ad Fontes Media does is look at the source—analyze the very content itself—to rank it. We are not measuring consumer opinions, clicks and views, or “user engagement.” Plenty of other companies do that in order to sell ads, and we think that is part of the problem we face in the current media landscape.
Popular Vs. Scholarly Tutorial
Still not sure about what makes a source scholarly vs popular? Take this helpful and quick tutorial Here.