Sources, Verification and Credibility
- Sources, Verification and Credibility
- Self-Directed Course
- This $24.95 course is FREE thanks to funding support from the Radio Television Digital News Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
- Time Estimate:
- 1-2 hours
About Self-Directed Courses
In a self-directed course, you can start and stop whenever you like, progressing entirely at your own pace and going back as many times as you want to review the material.
There's a flood of information available in print, on TV and radio, online and on smartphones and tablets. How do you know what you can believe — what is credible? How do you know whether you can trust the source of the information? What if you want to share news and information with others? How do you publish something that has credibility and context?
This course will give you the tools to evaluate the credibility of what you read, see and hear. You'll also learn what you need to ask before you publish — whether it's a news story, a blog item or a tweet.
By understanding how to evaluate news and information, you'll be a better news consumer, news producer and a better citizen in a democracy.
What Will I Learn:
- The characteristics of different forms of information, including news, advertising and public relations
- How to identify different types of sources
- How to evaluate the credibility of sources
- How to assess the credibility of websites
- Questions you should ask to ensure you're publishing credible information
Who should take this course:
Students, citizen contributors, journalists and anyone who wants to know more about how to evaluate the information they read, see, hear or publish.
Candace Perkins Bowen directs both the Center for Scholastic Journalism at Kent State University and the statewide Ohio Scholastic Media Association. She teaches media writing plus journalism teaching methods and desktop publishing for Integrated Language Arts majors at Kent State.
This course doesn't require any special software.