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JOUR 2312: Reporting: Overview

Evaluating Information

Evaluate Sourcing in Reporting

  • Do the sources well represent the various perspectives relevant to the topic? 
  • Are there perspectives you would have liked to see represented?
  • Do the sources have expertise in the area they are speaking on?
  • Does a source have potentially ulterior motives?
  • Do sources offer direct evidence (first hand information) or indirect evidence (knowledge but not directly involved)?
  • Do the sources provide evidence to support their points, or is it purely opinion?
  • Does the journalist question those in positions of power or do they simply accept what is said at face value?
  • Are the data sources used commonly accepted? 
  • Is proper context offered for any data or statistics?

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