Fact Checking

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In today’s world, it is extremely important to check facts as well as sources to verify if they are legitimate. How often have you heard accusations of “fake news”. It has never been so hard to weed out honest material from dishonest, truth from lies. What is one to do?

Thankfully, there are a number of fact-checking resources.

Educational Resources:

  • FactCheckEd.org
    • For high school students and teachers. This project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania is funded primarily by the Annenberg Foundation.
  • Poynter.org
    • A non-profit journalism school and research organization. Their mission is to publish only reliable articles.

Politics:

  • FactCheck.org
    • This organization describes itself as “advocates for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics”. It is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and funded primarily by the Annenberg Foundation.
  • PolitiFact
    • This non-profit organization was created in 2007 by the Tampa Bay Times. Journalists rate statements made by elected officials and show results on their “Truth-o-Meter”

Pop Culture:

  • Snopes
    • This website focuses on debunking and validating urban legends and other topics of American pop culture.