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Journalism: Resources

Nonpartisan websites

These organizations seek to offer objective information.

Web pages never die. They just expire.

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The WayBack Machine: Part of the Internet Archive, the Wayback Machine is an archive of the internet, showing pages that have expired or been removed.

Who wrote it? Who is the intended audience? Domains reveal website authors and audience

The last three letters of a url (uniform resource locator) or link will tell you a great deal about who owns a website, who writes the content and what their purpose is. To find out more about a website, check it on Whois.

TLD* Abbreviation for: Who uses it Url of example website
.com commercial commercial entities https://www.amazon.com/
.edu education universities and colleges https://www.berkeley.edu/
.gov government U.S. government  https://www.usgs.gov/
.net network network infrastructure https://www.slideshare.net/
.org organization nonprofit organizations https://www.sierraclub.org/
.mil military U.S. military https://www.marines.mil/

*top-level domain

Websites to check news and rumors

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FactCheck.org, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Media Bias Fact Check describes themselves as “the most comprehensive media bias resource on the internet" and includes 1000+ media sources in their database.

Politifact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. PolitiFact is run by editors and reporters from the Tampa Bay Times . . .” *

Snopes has long been considered “the definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.” *

Sunlight Foundation "is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that uses technology, open data, policy analysis and journalism to make our government and politics more accountable and transparent to all.” *

 

The International Fact-Checking Network is a forum for fact-checkers worldwide hosted by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. These organizations fact-check statements by public figures, major institutions and other widely circulated claims of interest to society.” *

*All descriptive quotes provided by the websites they describe.

More guides to evaluate sites

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