Need to E.S.C.A.P.E. junk news? Use the six ways below to evaluate information. Created by NewseumEd, who provides "free learning tools on media literacy and our First Amendment Freedoms."
E - Evidence
S - Source
C - Context
A - Audience
P - Purpose
E - Execution
If you want to judge whether a source is reliable, take the CRAAP Test. This is a series of questions about the source's Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose.
Not living up to all of these criteria doesn't automatically make a source "bad." But a source should meet most of these criteria, and it's important to recognize when a source doesn't pass the CRAAP Test.
Don't forget about evaluating "fake news" either! Everyone talks about it, but did you know that your social media feeds are full of fake news? Take a look at the documents below for tips on identifying fake news.
Types of Fake News: Parody/Joke Sites, News Imposter Sites, Fake News Sites, Sites that Contain Some Fake News
Still have questions about fake news? Take a look at this article by Steve Inskeep from NPR: "A Finder's Guide To Facts."