“Fake” news is a real problem and here are some great tips to evaluate what you’re reading!
(Keep in mind though, that much “news” is also based in some fact, but
often tilted to represent a bias or ideological slant. In general, watch out for
sensational/alarmist headlines, no sources cited in the text, and lots
of emotional/judgmental language. Good sources for relatively unbiased news: The New York Times, BBC News, Associated Press, and NPR.)
Not sure if a news source may be biased? Ask a librarian!
(Image from IFLA. Text reads: Consider the source: Click away from the story to investigate the site, its mission and its contact info. Read beyond: Headlines can be outrageous in an effort to get clicks. What’s the whole story? Check the author: Do a quick search on the author. Are they credible? Are they real? Supporting sources: Click on those links. Determine if the info given actually supports the story. Check the date: Reposting old news stories doesn’t mean they’re relevant to current events. Is it a joke?: If it is too outlandish, it might be satire. Research the site and author to be sure. Check your biases: Consider if your own beliefs could affect your judgement. Ask the experts: Ask a librarian, or consult a fact-checking site.)