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Intro to Journalism Week 10 Sources: Who to believe? “Cui bono?”
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What is a source in news? Public officials Spin doctors Eye witnesses Second-hand witnesses Experts
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5 Rules for evaluating sources: IMVAIN 1. Independent sources are better than partisan sources 2. Multiple sources are better than a single source 3. Sources who Verify are better than those who assert. 4. Authoritative and Informed are better than uninformed. 5. Named sources, not unnamed sources.
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An “outlet” is not a “source.” These are outlets:
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These are sources:
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Why sources matter Jian Ghomeshi Judith Miller Seymour Hersh
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How to evaluate a source? It’s about using your common sense. It’s all about critical thinking . The mental process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, apply, analyzing and evaluating information to reach an answer or a conclusion.
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What is Common Sense Evaluation? Who is the source? How would this person know about this issue? Is anyone else telling the same story? If it’s different, how is it different? What is this person’s motivation for the story? Is this person giving you evidence or just making assertions?
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Independent sources are more credible They are not self-interested Independent sources have little to gain by withholding information or making misleading statements.
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