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As people rely more and more on social media to get their news, the filter bubble becomes increasingly problematic. In this workshop, students learn how to evaluate whether a news site is reliable. This group activity takes about 30 minutes and can be used for many different audiences by adjusting the examples used.
Directions. Please select a story from your news sources that pertains to your course and complete the questions below.
- Title and author of story you selected
- Name the source of your story
- Summarize the content of your article
- How does the issue of your article relate to the content of your course?
- List three major facts or arguments presented in the article
- How many sources does the author cite in the article?
- Name the sources of the article
- Are the sources reliable? Explain why or why not
- List at least three questions left unanswered via the facts, arguments, and sources cited presented by the author.
- Would you recommend the news source? Yes or no and explain.
Adopted from the McCormick Foundation