Fact-checking is what happens in a newsroom before an article is published (whether online or on the print edition): it means going through every part of the written text, making sure that what the journalist wrote is correct, factual and true. If there are people interviewed throughout the piece, they have to be contacted for […]
Who Benefits from Fake News?
There’s a manipulative strategy behind the recent surge of fake news. Lord Thomas Cochrane, the man behind the spreading of the news about Napoleon dying, can be considered the forefather to many fake news suppliers and makers. There are mainly two types of gains to be had by spreading false news items: a monetary gain: […]
The Importance of Fact-Checking/ Part II
As discussed, fact-checking can be done by anyone, even at home, when they suspect that they’ve been exposed to fake news. But is it enough to find multiple instances of the same news item on other sources? It’s a case of “the more, the merrier”, right? Actually, that may not be the case. Established, major […]
How to Find Reliable News Sources
Some publications are born to spread fake or false (it’s the preferred term these days) news, while others are reputable but can make an honest mistake! Since most of them can fall prey to fake media, it is of the utmost importance to find reliable sources. What to do to locate them? Do some “fact-checking […]