News agencies are media groups and organizations that work precisely like online newspapers or magazines. They have personnel worldwide, ready to step in and report on anything and everything. Their revenue comes from subscribers (usually other news outlets, but they can also be private companies or political parties) who pay for accessing their services. Being based on an economic model that’s much more direct than that of newspapers (whether traditional or digital), they are bound to be particularly aware of fake news: in other words, publishing something that’s fake or unsubstantiated would be a great blow to a news agency’s credibility, and they would lose clients fast.
That’s why taking the time to read the news on an agency’s website is an excellent idea: the only material that gets published is absolutely 100% verified.
And it comes for free, too! In fact, you don’t have to be a subscriber to read a certain amount of news items for free, and news agencies offer free content to attract new subscribers. A win-win situation for regular Joes, who can get exposed to many more sources for information and can dispel any remaining doubts over what appeared on their social media feed.