When you need information, you want to make sure it is correct. Nobody wants to look foolish by quoting incorrect facts.
In the modern world, you need to be a savvy media user to ensure that you are getting good quality news and information. We are constantly being told to watch out for fake news, misinformation, disinformation, propaganda, and biased content.
To be savvy, you need to be critical of your sources of information and understand how to tell recognise good quality information. The following sources may help you to become more media literate, an essential 21st-century skill.
This guide from the University of South Australia describes how to spot fake news. Click on the link below.
This one-minute video from Commonsense Media has 3 simple tools to help you separate fact from fiction:
Determining if the information is biased takes a little more effort. This guide by the University of Wisconsin has some useful tips for interrogating sources of information for bias:
This article explores how most people lack the basic fact-checking abilities to discern fact from fiction and gives tips for how to remedy this.
This series, comprising of 10 videos, is a course in hands-on skills to evaluate the information you read online.
John Green’s Crash Course: Navigating Digital Information
An interactive game by Barrie Cassidy to test your bias busting skills.