Crowdsource your fact - checking. If you’re on Twitter (and chances are you should be), don’t be shy about asking your followers, “Is this true?” instead of just passing along something from an unknown source.
A new search engine, Aardvark , has put this formula to good use. Enter a query and Aardvark will ping your social network to find the answer to your question.
Campaign Desk from Columbia Journalism Review critiques media coverage of politics and policy each weekday , separating spin from substance .
• Factchecked.org provides ed uca tors and students with a framework for analyzing information and avoiding deception in the media.
• FactCheck.org , its sister site, run by the Annenberg Public Policy Center, focuses on political bias in the news.
• Media Matters for America is a nonprofit progressive research and information center dedicated to monitoring, analyzing and correcting conservative misinformation in the media.
• Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) is one of the longest running media watch groups monitoring media bias and censorship.
• Metafilter and similar community sites offer robust discussions of current events.
Author and professor Howard Rheingold, who did this wonderful short video with me on 21st century media literacies at Cambridge University in July, cited two additional tools in a series at SFGate :
• Twitter Journalism (“Where News and Tweets Converge”) published a series of steps to verify a tweet, including checking the history of past tweets by a person to see what context you might find before retweeting a claim about a news event.
• Intel labs’ trippy Dispute Finder Firefox Extension “highlights disputed claims on web pages you browse and shows you evidence for alternative points of view.”
• Questioning Video helps you understand the vocabulary of visual deception that can be used to distort TV news.