Consider the sources of news and information offered all day, every day: television, radio, internet feeds and podcasts. Add to that social media like Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook, with the unavoidable pop-ups and click-bait. News comes in many forms, such as fact-based reports, editorials, opinion, and satire; it is produced with the intent to inform and promote public discussion of newsworthy events.
On the other end of the spectrum is news skewed by bias, opinions presented as facts, and outright fabrications; it is produced to disseminate misinformation, to sell a stance on an issue, to manipulate the uninformed, and for profit. The current news and information environment is confusingly complex, and it’s hard to know what is real and what is fake.
This guide is offered to help you learn the difference between the two, and learn to ask the right questions in order to engage in active analysis of what you read. Evaluating and understanding what type of content you are reading before you share will not only make you an informed and information-literate individual, it will also make your shared posts reliable and credible information sources.