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Journalism: Checking the Facts

Web Resources to Check the Facts

Need data? Be sure they come from reputable sources. Here are just a few:

BE ADVISED: The Chrome extensions listed below are designed to alert you when the information you're seeing online is from a fake or questionable source. These tools can be helpful, but they should not be considered substitutes for doing your own fact-checking and critical analysis. Use with discretion.

Are politicians telling the truth? Logo Logo a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.

Issue Reports

Looking for well-researched analysis of political, cultural, economic, and social issues?  Check out CQ Researcher.  Provides both pro and con viewpoints on issues. (Requires Butler affiliated credentials to access)

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Other sources for factual reports:

Pew Research Center

The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. 

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Fact Tools

Can the source be trusted?

SourceWatch "profiles the activities of front groups, PR spinners, industry-friendly experts, industry-funded organizations, and think tanks trying to manipulate public opinion on behalf of corporations or government."

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Journalist's Toolkit to find Information

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A toolkit for finding information - highlighting websites, tools for locating facts, statistics, and information.  Presented in a blog format, a directory of finding links is on the left column of the site.

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Searching Social Media

Don't forget to search social media for trends and hot topics being discussed. The following tools focus on searching social media and blogs: 


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