Dig Deeper for Fact Checking
Given the current information landscape, it is often up to you to take on the role as fact-checker. This page offers some tips and strategies for doing so. The content is largely adapted from Mike Caulfield's 'Web Literacy for Student Fact Checkers', an excellent openly available text.
Look for Previous Fact Checking
Check to see if someone has already investigated the article, claim, or story.
Search fact checking sites.
Go Upstream: Find the Original
Not all reporting is original work. Much of what we see in social media and elsewhere is syndicated or borrowed from other works. 'Going upstream' is the practice of identifying the original sources before you ask questions about the site, author, ownership, purpose.
Identify the original source
Look for references to where the information or reporting originally appeared.
What can you infer about the original source? What are its guidelines for ethics, review, transparency? Does it influence your judgment if the news outlet is closer to the incident?
Track down studies, reports, or research
Does the source represent the study accurately based on your results?
Track down original images
Does the source represent the image accurately based on your results?
It is a great idea to explore statements about the review process, ethics and transparency of a news source. But remember to also look at what others say about the site or source.