News: Where to Get Your News
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Use Credible News Sources
The most credible news sources have established a strong reputation for accuracy and dependable facts. They should have minimal bias and use very few loaded words.
The following is a short list of well-established, award-winning news and media sources with the highest level of factual accuracy:
- Associated Press (neutral)
- C-Span (neutral)
- The Economist (neutral)
- Reuters (neutral)
- Financial Times (neutral)
- NPR (left-center bias)
- Real Clear Politics (right-center bias)
- NBC News (left-center bias)
- ABC News (left-center bias)
- Forbes (right-center bias)
- Wall Street Journal (right-center bias)
- Cato Institute (right-center bias)
- BBC News (left-center bias)
There are hundreds of smaller, or lesser-known, media outlets that would be considered credible, based on their minimal bias and high factual reporting. The Media Bias Fact Check website has published that list here.
Use Library Databases
Use UHMC Library's databases to get the college level articles you need for your research faster.
The library subscribes to a few essential news collections (articles) and opposing viewpoint databases (reports). These resources are considered essential for college-level research because they are carefully chosen and thoughtfully organized by educational professionals with the student in mind. Using these resources can save you a lot time and hassle because much of the source evaluation work has already been done for you!
News Evaluation Strategies
Start by Asking Yourself These Questions
- Is the information coming from a scholarly or commercial source?
- Does the author present facts objectively or draw opinion-based conclusions?
- Is the message positive, negative, or both?
- In addition to detecting any bias of the source, consider your own reactions and the factors that may impact how you interpret the information.
- Read past the headline. Is the sensational headline just a hook to grab your attention?
- Does the content of the article match the headline? If not, be extra skeptical when evaluating the source and its message.
- How are other sources reporting the same story?
Tools for Checking Media Bias & Factual Accuracy
Everyone has bias including the media. Here are some sources that can help you further investigate the news.