INF100 Evaluating News Sources for Validity and Bias

Unit 2 Assignment: Evaluating News Sources for Validity and Bias

For this assignment, you will be turning in:

  1. A screenshot of the last slide of the learning module
  2. A 3-4 page paper (see assignment details below)

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Be sure to review the rubric for this assignment to ensure you understand what you will be evaluated on.

Part I. Work through the following learning module.

Take a screenshot of the last slide with your name and
the date to upload with your assignment. This will be worth 2.5 points
of your grade for this assignment.
*If you are unable to access the module below, please view it through this link.

Part II:

In 200-300 words:
– Write a sentence or two, share where you normally receive/read the
news (Facebook? Twitter? Instagram? Email? Radio? Television?)
– Reflect on whether you usually look at more than one source to verify
a news story is true
– Can you think of a time you repeated headlines or shared a story
without actually reading it?
– If not, then discuss why you tend not to share headlines or news.
– Explain two strategies you’ve learned in this unit that you might use
to better assess the credibility of news sources and filter out fake

Part III:

Locate a topic in the
news that is presented differently on two different news sources. Apply
the two strategies you listed above to your evaluation of these news
sources/stories. Write 200-300 words on what you discovered.

Part IV:

Go to SNOPES.COM, POLITIFACT or FACTCHECK.ORG and select a recent questionable news story. In your paper:

  1. State the title of news story and which fact-checking site you used (Snopes, Politifact, Factcheck)
  2. In a sentence or two, describe the origin of the news story. Who started it? How was it spread?
  3. Describe what evidence is presented to prove the claim true or false
  4. Your paper must be three to four double-spaced pages in length and include
    a title page with the following:

  • Title of paper
  • Name
  • Course name and number – Instructor’s name
  • Date
  • If you use references, use a separate references page
  • It is important that the paper is in proper APA format. Refer to the General APA Guidelines from Purdue OWL for more information.

    Review the rubric to ensure you understand how you will be evaluated on this assignment: Unit 2 rubric