Fact Check the News with CivicJess

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September Fact-Checking Badge

We talked about how to spot fake news in an earlier blog post, but for those times when you’re still not sure about whether or not a story is true, we suggest turning to the experts.

Find the links to each source after the infographic.

5 Ways to Fact Check the News

1. FactCheck.org

This nonpartisan project of the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center strives “to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics” using the techniques of journalism and scholarship. FactCheck also investigates science-based claims, coronavirus information, and internet rumors.

2. Politifact.com

A nonpartisan website run by the Poynter Institute, a nonprofit school for journalists, Politifact researches and rates politicians’ claims, rating them from true to false. The site checks news stories, social media posts, press releases, and more.

3. Snopes.com

One of the oldest and most respected resources “for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation,” Snopes also checks the reliability of news stories and social media posts. Snopes is an independent organization funded through ads.

4. The Washington Post Fact Checker

This regular column in The Washington Post aims to fact check the statements of political figures in a “dispassionate and non-partisan” manner, “drawing attention to inaccurate statements on both left and right.” Statements are rated on a scale of between one and five Pinocchios.

5. Ask a Librarian

The Jessamine County Public Library is always happy to help you research whether or not a news story, social media post, or image is true or false.

Call us at (859) 885-3523 ext. 243. Text us at (859) 538-5885 (standard messaging rates apply). Or email us at [email protected].

Earn Your Badge

To earn an entry to the CivicJess monthly drawing, complete the activity in the CivicJess September: Fact Checking badge. Find it on Beanstack!