Fact Checking & Finding Credible News Sources

–special thanks to Elizabeth Sansoucy-Jones for her work on this document

Jan 26, 2017:
“Fact Checking & Finding Credible News Sources With Infobase

What is fake news?

A fake news website deliberately publishes hoaxes, propaganda, and disinformation, and unlike satirical news sites (ie THE ONION or Canada’s THE BEAVERTON), they are designed to mislead readers. Unlike the tabloids of old found at supermarket check-outs, fake news sites often use a technique called website spoofing, where sites are structured to make visitors believe that they are visiting a real news source, and more likely to believe what they are reading.

Why is identifying fake new sources important?

A study done by CNW in June 2016 showed that 4 in 10 Canadians rely on the internet for their news. (Roughly 6/10 in the United States) Fake news can have devastating and harmful repercussions, and as more Canadian students abandon traditional print and television media for internet sources, fact checking and finding credible sources becomes more important than ever.”



Fact Checking Websites:

With the advent of fake news, sites that are focused on spreading false news, and satirical news are on the rise. Here are some resources for checking facts on stories. Start asking questions!

for Ontario issues and government decisions

a non-partisan, across Canada… some staff connected to LinkedIn website; promoted by INdigogo which is a crowd funding site and by National Post

this site has contributors from Canada and all around the world; contributions are from editors and from volunteers, so not as careful as the two above; focus is science and technology

-this site has decided MacLean’s is slightly right of center in its bias and CBC is slightly left of center. You can search other media titles and get their estimation. Mostly American, so the Tyee gets no data…
The site also has a link on the right-hand column to News By Bias where you can choose Least Biased News or other choices
Might be good to check for good topics to get students engaged.

American Fact Checker sites:

Snopes Politics
Washington Post Fact Checker

Fake News Sites


Wikipedia has compiled a list of known fake news sites.

Canadian Satire Sites

These sites product satirical news stories that often mimic real news. They can be popular and widely distributed. Typically, these sites are not pretending to be real and often have disclaims.

The Beaverton in Canada (like the Onion in the US. )

The Burrard Street Journal

Sites to use as a starter for issues students can then fact check? http://ccrweb.ca/en/myths-facts – from Canadian Council for Refugees…about screening and other “myths”.

https://friendsofscience.org/ – can’t tell who the contributors are; looks great – one-sided view of global warming, questionable research due to narrow focus and some older studies (2002, etc.)

http://www.adbusters.org/ Adbusters is a magazine intended to question our buying and commercial influences.  This could be a tie-in for a student who is not so clued into the world of politics and economics. ” Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Adbusters is a not-for-profit magazine fighting back against the hostile takeover of our psychological, physical and cultural environments by commercial forces. “

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/ great periodical for excellent news and discussions to use for reliable info

https://thewalrus.ca/ again, a very respected source of information for Canadians