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COMM 110: Fundamentals of Journalism

Guide Overview

As you begin the practice of journalism, evaluating the resources you use in your reporting is key to ensure presenting accurate and useful information. Below you will find tools to guide you in assessing the reliability and relevance of both print and online sources.

For more information on journalism and communication resources at OWU Libraries go to: 

Journalism and Communication Resources Guide

Finding News

You can get up to date news from print and broadcast sources -- no personal subscription needed! -- from OWU databases. 

Four Moves for Fact-checking

Here are four steps to checking the accuracy and validity of what you're reading and seeing from Mike Caulfield's free online guide, Web Literacy for Student Factcheckers

  • Go upstream to the source: Go “upstream” to the source of the claim. Most web content is not original. Get to the original source to understand the trustworthiness of the information.
  • Check for previous work: Look around to see if someone else has already fact-checked the claim or provided a synthesis of research.
  • Read laterally: Read laterally.[1] Once you get to the source of a claim, read what other people say about the source (publication, author, etc.). The truth is in the network.
  • Circle back: If you get lost, hit dead ends, or find yourself going down an increasingly confusing rabbit hole, back up and start over knowing what you know now. You’re likely to take a more informed path with different search terms and better decisions.

Fact Checkers Image Search Further Reading


(a part of

Global Fact-Checking Database
(a fact-checker of fact-checkers from Duke Reporters' Lab)

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How do I know that information is reliable? 

Ten Questions for Fake News Detection

What is news literacy? (Center for News Literacy, Stony Brook University)

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