Evaluating Information

Spotting Fake News Step by Step

  1. Check the domain name. Does it look strange? Those ending unusual domains such as “.com.co” are fake news.
  2. Refer to the ‘About Us’ area on a website to see what it says, or refer to the websites above for more information on the story or source.
  3. Read multiple news sources to see how (or if) they are reporting on the same story

These three steps were adapted from Merrimack College professor Melissa Zimdars’ work with OpenSources.co (see summary).

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