Where to go for information?
*Here’s a list of media outlets, generally extremely credible, and adhering to journalistic ethics. When doing research or simply googling around for info, make sure to pay attention to the kind of site/source you are looking at. News comes in all sorts of media forms (newspapers, tv news, internet news sites, etc.), and anything you see in social media should be checked for credibility (does it link to a quality news source or to somewhere else that can’t be verified or confirmed as credible?) Be sure to understand what kinds of news or opinion pieces you are looking at:
Quality news stories: follow journalistic ethics and practices, giving the who, what, when, where, how, why of the story. Although not every reputable source can be 100% fair or accurate or comprehensive 100% of the time, following news regularly and widely across mainstream, credible sources and combining that with information from other kinds of info and insight across disciplines (history, sociology, philosophy, literature, etc…) can help one develop the skills for critical reading, viewing, analysis, and understanding.
Opinion pieces, or op-eds: are also included in newspapers, and on tv news as special programs or opinion segments. In newspapers, these will be included in the Opinion section. It is very important to recognize the difference between opinion pieces and regular news stories, and important to know what kinds of opinion pieces different sources publish or air (on TV or online). Op-eds in credible, mainstream news tend to be factual and follow journalistic ethics and standards and also be written from the perspective of the writer. Although opinion or editorial pieces can be sound, fact-based, and insightful, some also may stretch or alter “truth” to suit a variety of purposes. After doing some thorough research on a topic, you might look at a variety of opinion pieces to see what others are saying, but be careful to read critically and thoughtfully. It’s also important to find out who the person is who is writing or speaking, what their credentials are, and whether or not they’re known for ethical, credible “reporting” or for doing something else. Newspapers, for example, will have some in-house op-ed writers and will also publish pieces by others who submit or are invited to write them.
Editorials: written by single or multiple authors may be on behalf of the editorial section of a newspaper or magazine, or a tv broadcast, or another kind of outlet or organization. For example, the NY Times Editorial Board occasionally writes pieces that analyze and comment on major news, cultural, or social issues.
New York Times
Wall Street Journal
Detroit Free Press
The New Yorker
Snopes (site to find out if stories are true or fake; also has news stories)
*Diligent and fact-based journalism that might lean in perspective or kinds of stories covered:
The New Yorker
*Sources that are often too ‘thin’ and need to be supplemented with additional sourced info (eg. they may include facts, but not enough detail to give the larger picture; quick news vs in depth perspective that can potentially result in being misleading; they may lean heavily in their perspectives):
*Not credible: Sources that seem mainstream but are unpredictably not-factual, or may be misleading (intentionally or unintentionally)… here are just a couple of examples, there are many; sometimes overtly distorting of information; watch out for the many sources that sound/seem credible, that have titles or descriptions that want to convince you of their news-quality, but that in fact may dangerously skew or falsify information.
The American Thinker
The Weekly Standard
The chart below is helpful to a certain degree… please note that these vary in terms of what kinds of pieces one is considering, and are open to a bit of interpretation in terms of shifting around somewhat… consider this a suggestion for getting info across sources but staying within the generally most credible and reliable areas:
For more info on this chart and to find more sources go here: https://www.adfontesmedia.com/