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ECG 100: Source Evaluation: Identifying + Counteracting

Dispositions and Practices

-Employ a Healthy Dose of Skepticism 

-Dig Deep (Read Beyond Headlines)

-Fact Check + Double Check

-Examine your own Response

-Consider the Source (CRAAP TEST / EPIC )

             CRAAP Test  = Currency, Relevancy, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose

             EPIC = Education, Proximity, Integrity, Competence 


Check Facts

Snopes Created by David Mikkelson, professional researcher and writer; independent and transparent

FactCheck A project of Annenburg Public Policy Center 

PolitiFact Run by editors and reporters from the Tampa Bay Times, an independent newspaper in Florida

Open Secrets  Site for learning about money in politics from the Center for Responsive Politics 

Check Sources

False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and/or Satirical "News" Public Google Doc Created by Melissa Zimdars, an associate professor of Communications at Merrimack College

All Sides Patented Bias Detection Engine - explore and see what you think! 

Media Bias/Fact Check Independent outlet that objectively assesses the bias of sources

Check Reviews

Fake Spot  (Example of a product that earned an "F" ) - Yelp and Amazon

Review Meta - Amazon 

Stay Open Minded, Ask Questions