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Elements of Verification
This "Verification Application" was developed with the help of The University of Missouri's Reynolds Journalism Institute, the News Literacy Program at SUNY Stony Brook, and a leading games designer. This is an interactive learning tool to better understand making choices with regards to verifying sources. Click on the image below to see what you would do.
Having accurate information is essential in news reporting. It is always necessary to check that facts and information reported in a story are accurate. Here are a few resources that provide a starting point for this important step:
A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania that monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Their goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.
The Washington Post inaugurated the Fact Checker which issues one to four Pinocchios.
Center for Media and Democracy
A non-profit investigative reporting group. The center's reporting and analysis focus on exposing corporate spin and government propaganda.
NewsTrust: Educational Resources
The web review tools provided here enable people to rate stories for accuracy, fairness, sourcing, context and other core journalistic principles — and become more discriminating news consumers in the process.
PolitiFact / Sorting out the Truth
PolitiFact is a project of the Tampa Bay Times and its partners to help you find the truth in politics. Reporters and researchers from PolitiFact examine statements by members of Congress, state legislators, governors, mayors, the president, cabinet secretaries, lobbyists, and more.
Political Fact-Checking Underfire
NPR discussion of whether fact-checking organizations are without bias.