if known/reputable news sites are not also reporting on the story--there should typically be more than one source reporting on a topic or event.
for lack of author attribution - may signify that the news story is suspect and requires verification.
news organizations letting bloggers post under the banner of particular news brands; however, many of these posts do not go through the same editing process (ex: BuzzFeed Community Posts, Kinja blogs, Forbes blogs).
3. Check the “About Us” tab on websites or look up the website on Snopes or Wikipedia for more information about the source.
4. Keep in mind
bad web design and use of ALL CAPS can also be a sign that the source you’re looking at should be verified and/or read in conjunction with other sources.
if the story makes you REALLY ANGRY it’s probably a good idea to keep reading about the topic via other sources to make sure the story you read wasn’t purposefully trying to make you angry (with potentially misleading or false information) in order to generate shares and ad revenue.
Some sources, such as The Daily Kos, The Huffington Post, and Fox News, often publish a mix of important, legitimate, questionable, and/or hyperbolic news coverage.
♦ You should be able to find legitimate news stories on multiple, reputable sources.
*For more tips on analyzing the credibility and reliability of sources:
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