In such countries as France or Germany is not uncommon to use yet another instrument to spot fake news broadcasters or unreliable media: news agencies are much more employed by the general audience as compared to the U.S. or Canada, and while they are a part of the traditional media themselves, they are not a target for criticism as much as newspapers or online magazines. In another page of this site we’ll detail exactly the reason why this happens.
In the meantime, suffice to say that we rely on news agencies daily to verify whether something has happened or not; Reuters or Associated Press are names known to everyone and are recognized among the world’s leaders in their field; the public is used to seeing their logos (and their work, subsequently!) on our TV screens, especially when a sudden event is going on. It must be noted that they produce news in English but not exclusively so and therefore, they are accessible from many other countries worldwide: they’re essential when wanting to confirm what’s going on around us, so a good strategy to learn to trust the media again is getting acquainted with the way they work.