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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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