How To Find The Truth in Journalism

With the election coming up and getting heated, we thought we would pass on some ‘Truth’ sites in which you can look up whether it is fact or fiction. We found seven Fact and Truth checking sites.

As seen on Facebook

As seen on Facebook

1.) FactCheck.org– by University of Pennsylvania, national scope and analysis claims made by politicitians and newsmakers . They also monitor the accuracy of what is said by in TV ads, debates, speeches and more.

Factcheck

2.) PolitiFact.com (Tampa Bay Times) links to 11 affiliated state fact checking organization. They say: We research their statements and then rate the accuracy on our Truth-O-Meter –- True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False and False. The most ridiculous falsehoods get our lowest rating, Pants on Fire.”

Love this site, easy to double check. Click on the link and it will take you to more information.

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3.) Snopes.com– Want to know if what you recieve or the rumors are true, go to Snopes. It the the debunker of rumors and viral hoaxes.

snopes

4.) VoteSmart.org– You can enter your address and issues that are important to you and responds with candidates for national offices. You can put in a politician or an issue to find out who voted for what.

Vote Smart

5.) Hoax Slayer – This is a site dedicated to email hoaxes.

6.) Truth or Fiction – Another rumor debunking site. As you can see there are alot of weird rumors.

Truth or Fiction

7.) Open Secret– This is a follow the money site, which lets you know how much money a politician gets from a company or lobby group.

Open Secrets

Those are great sites to check out facts, but how can you tell an article is a paid post or advertisement?

1.) Read the article and determine whether this is an opinion piece or factual article. i.e. when we write about wearing a particular lens.. that is an opinion piece, vs putting out a press release about a new product (Factual piece)

2.) Go back to the source, and click the links to see where they go. Often times you will find the answer at the source.

3.) Question everything. Just because something got shared 300 times, does not mean it is the truth. Just because it comes from a ‘legitimate source’ does not mean it is true.

4.) Check the author blurb. Usually at the end of the post online there is a blurb about the author. Many of those authors are professional writer who got paid to write a flattering posts on the company.

5.) If you see ‘sponsored post’ that means it is a paid article.

The bottom line, be critical, double check everything and don’t take everything to be the truth.

 

 

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