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HONR 3020/3030: Candi Carter Olson & Erin Hofmann: Fact-Checking Resources
"Members of the Society of Professional Journalists believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. Ethical journalism strives to ensure the free exchange of information that is accurate, fair and thorough. An ethical journalist acts with integrity. The Society declares these four principles as the foundation of ethical journalism and encourages their use in its practice by all people in all media."
Use the S.I.F.T. model
Librarian Mike Caulfield's SIFT model stands for "Stop. Investigate the Source. Find trusted coverage. Trace to the original."
"FactCheck.org is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The APPC was established by publisher and philanthropist Walter Annenberg to create a community of scholars within the University of Pennsylvania that would address public policy issues at the local, state and federal levels."
Looking for a Missing Website?
Use theInternet Archive Wayback Machine. You can use the Wayback Machine to see previous versions of a website. It is maintained by the Internet Archive, a digital archive of webpages, books, audio, video, images, etc. Internet Archive has been archiving websites for over 20 years in an effort to preserve the digital information of the internet. Simply copy and paste the old URL into the Wayback Machine and select the date you want to view
"PolitiFact started in 2007 as an election-year project of the Tampa Bay Times (then named the St. Petersburg Times), Florida’s largest daily newspaper.... PolitiFact focuses on looking at specific statements made by politicians and rating them for accuracy."
"PunditFact is a project of the Tampa Bay Times and the Poynter Institute, dedicated to checking the accuracy of claims by pundits, columnists, bloggers, political analysts, the hosts and guests of talk shows, and other members of the media. We define a pundit as someone who offers analysis or opinions on the news, particularly politics and public policy. One can engage in punditry by writing, blogging or appearing on radio or TV. A pundit is not an elected official, not a declared candidate nor anyone in an official capacity with a political party, campaign or government."
"Snopes got its start in 1994, investigating urban legends, hoaxes, and folklore.... it’s the oldest and largest fact-checking site online, widely regarded by journalists, folklorists, and readers as an invaluable research companion. Snopes.com is an independent publication owned by Snopes Media Group."