Check It Out: Verifying Information and Sources in News Coverage | Informed Teacher Librarianship |

Taking a close look at the challenges and responsibilities of confirming information while reporting the news.


Overview | How do journalists and researchers check the accuracy of their sources? How important is it not only to be right but also to have reliable information on which to base reporting and research? In this lesson, students consider how the details in several unfolding events were verified and handled in news media outlets including The New York Times and reflect on the role of the “truth vigilante” in journalism and academia.