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Full articles from the Wall Street Journal (1984-present).
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Access to the New York Times from 1980 to the present.
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News content from many national and international newspapers, newswires, and selected news magazines.
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Provides information from more than 660 of the world's top newspapers, including The Times (London), The Bangkok Post, El Norte, Financial Times, The Guardian, Jerusalem Post, South China Morning Post, The Daily Telegraph, Asian Wall Street Journal, and the BBC Monitoring series of publications.
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Fake News and Disinformation Games
The University of Cambridge has released a new game designed to help people sort fact from cleverly faked fiction when it comes to online information about Covid-19.
Players of Go Viral! assume the role of a malicious actor who is on a mission to spread misinformation online about the global health pandemic. The online game has been designed to introduce members of the public to the wide variety of techniques criminals use to circulate fake news, particularly on social media.
Spot The Deepfake
Spotting deepfakes isn’t as easy as you might think.
What if I told you that the first manned mission to the moon ended in disaster instead of success?
What if President Nixon himself told you? Would you believe it?
Spot The Troll
The quiz where you examine images of real social media content and decide whether it's from a legitimate account or an internet troll.
Real or fake?
Fake news is everywhere, but it can be difficult to spot. Politifact has come up with 10 questions to ask about sources when you are suspicious of a report. Their quiz isn’t foolproof, but can serve as a starting point when navigating the news.
Factitious is a swipe-based game for smartphones that helps you think through different types of news sources. The game is also playable for desktop users using a mouse or touchpad.
How well can you tell factual from opinion statements?
Test your ability to classify 10 news statements as either factual or opinion. Then see how you did in comparison with a nationally representative group of 5,035 randomly selected U.S. adults surveyed online between February 22 and March 4, 2018.
In this game you take on the role of fake news-monger. Drop all pretense of ethics and choose the path that builds your persona as an unscrupulous media magnate. But keep an eye on your ‘followers’ and ‘credibility’ meters. Your task is to get as many followers as you can while slowly building up fake credibility as a news site. But watch out: you lose if you tell obvious lies or disappoint your supporters!
Average Audience Placement of Each News Outlet Based on Party and Ideology
U.S. Media Polarization and the 2020 Election: A Nation Divided
As the U.S. enters a heated 2020 presidential election year, a new Pew Research Center report finds that Republicans and Democrats place their trust in two nearly inverse news media environments.
Overall, Republicans and Republican-leaning independents view many heavily relied on sources across a range of platforms as untrustworthy. At the same time, Democrats and independents who lean Democratic see most of those sources as credible and rely on them to a far greater degree, according to the survey of 12,043 U.S. adults conducted Oct. 29–Nov. 11, 2019, on Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel.
Media Bias Chart, Version 5.0
Media Bias Chart: Version 5.0
Patent attorney Vanessa Otero states "As I discussed in my post entitled “The Chart, Second Edition: What Makes a News Source Good?” the most accurate and helpful way to analyze a news source is to analyze its individual stories, and the most accurate way to analyze an individual story is to analyze its individual sentences. I recently started a blog series where I rank individual stories on this chart and provide a written analysis that scores the article itself on a sentence-by-sentence basis, and separately scores the title, graphics, lede, and other visual elements."
How To Speak Up Without Starting a Showdown
How To Speak Up Without Starting a Showdown
Misinformation is always problematic, but when it appears alongside pet photos and family updates on social media, it can be especially frustrating and unwelcome. It’s one thing if a stranger spreads falsehoods online. But what should we do when we see misinformation shared by family and friends?
Stepping into the role of fact-checker when it comes to loved ones can be tricky and stir strong emotions, so it’s worth preparing for — especially as more falsehoods seep across social media and into family and friend group chats.
While every scenario is different, following some general best practices can help keep the conversation civil and make the interaction worthwhile. Use these six tips — with some helpful phrases for getting started — as a guide on how to speak up without starting a showdown. It may not be easy, but talking to loved ones about false or misleading content can help them think twice about what to share in the future.
PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others on its Truth-O-Meter.
Monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.
Washington Post Fact Checker
The Truth Behind The Rhetoric
Media Bias/Fact Check
Media Bias/Fact Check (MBFC News) is an independent online media outlet. MBFC News is dedicated to educating the public on media bias and deceptive news practices.
See issues and political news with news bias revealed. Non-partisan, crowd-sourced technology shows all sides so you can decide.
The definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.
Checkology’s lessons and other resources show you how to navigate today’s challenging information landscape. You will learn how to identify credible information, seek out reliable sources, and apply critical thinking skills to separate fact-based content from falsehoods.
Checkology gives you the habits of mind and tools to evaluate and interpret information. And you gain an understanding of the importance of the watchdog role of the press.
The Media Manipulation Casebook
The Media Manipulation Casebook
The Media Manipulation Casebook is a digital research platform linking together theory, methods, and practice for mapping media manipulation and disinformation campaigns. This resource is intended for researchers, journalists, technologists, policymakers, educators, and civil society organizers who want to learn about detecting, documenting, describing, and debunking misinformation.
Misinformation is damaging communities around the world.
We work to empower people with knowledge and tools to build resilience against harmful, false, and misleading information.
First Draft: Training Modules
First Draft provides access to various training modules that help students understand the general information disorder as well as specific topics like the coronavirus infodemic.
You can install the NewsGuard plugin in either your Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Apple Safari browser.
As you browse the news, you’ll see the NewsGuard icon next to news links on search engines and social media feeds, such as Google, Bing, Facebook and Twitter. Green rated sites follow basic standards of accuracy and accountability. Red rated sites do not. Blue rated sites refer to platforms, orange rated sites indicate satire sites, and gray rated sites are those we are in the process of rating and reviewing.