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Energy & the Environment - ENVI 103 - Evaluating News

Think you can spot "fake news"?

Media bias exists. Where do your sources land?

The interactive media bias chart allows you to click a specific publication and see where it falls on the chart, as well as see how particular articles are rated in terms of bias and quality.

Interactive Media Chart

2016 openly licensed chart by Vanessa Otero.

What makes "real news" real?

  1. Real news is presented by real news sources. Check your news source for a code of ethics or a mission statement.
  2. Real news is written by reporters with degrees in journalism, and sometimes degrees in the fields in which they write.
  3. The primary goal of real news is to inform.  If you're mad, scared, furious, or anxious you will want to investigate the article's claims further.
  4. Real news can be verified. You should be able to find reports, statistics and other real news articles that support what you are reading and are not just copies of the initial article.