Vetting information sources
In terms of news specifically, several skills need to be employed: looking through, up, across, and in:
• Look through: read the entire news story to determine time frame; coherence; writing tone, style and quality; authority of the author and the news outlet; supporting evidence; point of view and bias; fact versus opinion; presence and types of advertisements.
• Look up: trace the source of a news story (including images).
• Look across: compare different versions of the same news (e.g., different sources with different perspectives).
• Look in: identify one’s own biases, belief system, and emotional “triggers.”
• Use fact-checking tools.
This is my model, which can be used even with children, as they act out each point (arms pointed out, arms up, arms spread, arms pointed in)