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Media Literacy Guide: Reliable Journalism

Determining what is fake news is necessary and can be difficult. This research guide's purpose is to explain steps for finding the facts, how to use one's judgment and give examples for clarification.


Freedom of the Press is one of our country's most important freedoms. 

There are rules and standards to ensure that journalists report the truth.  Reporting a news story should require investigation, research to insure that what you hear or read is true.  However, there are reporters and publishers or social media that do not follow the rules you will find below. 

On this page you will find reliable news sources and others that are not.  Wikipedia, in its concern for reliable journalism, has created WikiTRIBUNE, check it out.

Objectivity in Journalism Wordle | by spotreporting


Bias is everywhere.  We add have it and journalists or reporters are no exception.  Being aware of bias is important.  You can use biased news or reports, no problem, as long as you acknowledge the bias.  For instance: vaccines.  They are controversial and what you will read about vaccines come from dramatically different points of view.  It is important to be aware of the reporter views on this or other controversial topics. 

Public Attitudes

  • AllSides Media Bias Chart - A patented bias rating systems which reflect the judgment of the American people. It is not accurate - there is no such thing as an accurate measure of bias - but the ratings provide a sense of political leanings of the source.  This makes it easier to provide different perspectives on any topic.  You can help rate the bias of news media.
  • Pew Research Center: Journalism & Media: Trust and Accuracy

You can trust these sources

The following list contains news sources that are reliable - we know this because they publish their code and standards, telling us what is required before publishing news. If you are unsure, Google the news service and "code of ethics" OR 'code of conduct" OR "standards & ethics" OR "policies & guidelines".  News providers should have required standards to guarantee honest and researched articles.


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