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The Idea of France - Oakland Campus

A guide with resources to support FR1025 The Idea of France with professor Kaliane Ung.

Looking at a News Story

Questions to ask yourself when you hear or read a news story, even those in legitimate news sources:

  • Is this a breaking news story?
    If so, the journalist may be rushing to judgment. Wait to see if the story changes over time.
  • Can you find confirmation in other sources?
    If you can find the same information from a variety of sources, it's probably sound.
  • Do you understand the science?
    In many instances, reporters and journalists don't understand the science on which they are reporting. They tend to sensationalize parts and not give an accurate representation of the scientific facts.
  • Does the story play on your emotions?
    Sometimes tugging on your emotions can sway your opinion. Try to keep emotion out of your fact gathering efforts.

Lateral Reading

Video credit: Citizen Literacy created by Robert Detmering, Amber Willenborg, and Terri Holtze for University of Louisville Libraries