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Alternative Facts & News Literacy: How to Be a Skeptic

Be informed; don't be deceived!

Evaluating News Using Your Own Criteria

Using a checklist like the ones provided by The New Literacy Project can be useful, but it's necessary for you to come up with your own criteria for evaluating news content on a case by case basis so that as savvy news consumers, you are not caught unaware by overtly biased or fake news. 

This list is a good start for considering news content.

What else would you add?

  • overt bias
  • implicit bias
  • clear awareness of audience
  • reputation
  • use of sources
  • diction and rhetoric
  • evidence for a logical argument
    • other important criteria that you come up with!