This is an unabashedly practical guide for the student fact-checker. It supplements generic information literacy with the specific web-based techniques that can get you closer to the truth on the web more quickly.
Document created and maintained by Melissa Zimdars (Merrimack College) in 2016 offering tips for evaluating online news sources as well as assessments of 900+ sites. (Note: interested parties may contribute to site classifications at Opensources.co.)
This online course teaches students to fact and source check as a regular information consumption behavior. The course is focused upon 5 (30-minute) lessons applicable to an entry-level college course.
This "Editorial Standards: A Simple Guide" provides active learning modules on accuracy, impartiality, privacy, and many important aspects of ethical journalism. This is a great way to help students understand the underpinnings of credible journalism. (Requires Flash)
This digital research platform links together theory, methods, and practice for mapping media manipulation and disinformation campaigns. It features a bank of case studies, which can be filtered by variables such as tactics, targets, mitigation, outcomes, and keywords.
The News Literacy Project is a national education nonprofit offering nonpartisan, independent programs that teach students how to know what to believe in the digital age. It includes "Get Smart" resources for students such as rumor reviews and quizzes to test your ability to spot fake news.
Poynter Institute for Media Studies is a non-profit journalism school and research organization. Their site contains excellent fact checking resources and their MediaWise section offers support for teaching media literacy concepts.
Public Editor is a crowd-sourced effort to clean up the news through a credibility rating system. Students can practice flagging misleading or false content, much as they can learn to source-check in a wiki edit-a-thon.