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  • Good evening.

  • I'm Anthony Mason.

  • Hello.

  • I'm Wolf Blitzer in Washington.

  • Speeding.

  • Just deport.

  • Welcome to World News from Al Jazira.

  • Maynooth.

  • You are fake news, sir.

  • In this lesson, we present seven steps to help you judge the quality of news reporting.

  • Step one.

  • Main points.

  • Be able to recognize and restate the main points of the story on intelligent news.

  • Consumer asks, what are the facts and how are they presented?

  • Step two.

  • Evidence.

  • Examine the evidence.

  • How has the reporter confirmed the evidence?

  • Is there video you can trust?

  • Is there a paper trail?

  • Documents to prove what happened.

  • Step three sources consider the sources of the story.

  • How many people did the reporter speak with?

  • Are they named or not identified in the story?

  • Step four.

  • Openness.

  • What is the transparency level?

  • The level of openness in the news organization.

  • Where did they get their information?

  • Step five.

  • Knowledge of subjects.

  • Is there something to provide context such as background information for history?

  • Does the reporter have a command of the subject of the report?

  • Step six.

  • The five W's are important pieces of information missing.

  • Does the report answered the questions?

  • What happened?

  • Where when and why did it happen?

  • Who was involved?

  • Step seven.

  • Self examination Are you open to fairness as a news consumer?

  • You must know yourself.

  • Do you have opinions or beliefs that could influence your judgment?

  • Perhaps Step seven is the most important of the seven steps.

  • Ask yourself.

  • Are you more likely to believe a story if it confirms your preexisting beliefs?

  • That is called confirmation bias.

  • Confirmation bias is a sort of blindness that leads news consumers to seek out information they want to be true.

  • A smart news consumer seeks out information from multiple sources weighing the reputation of each source and comparing their coverage.

  • Using the's seven steps, a reader or listener can decide the quality and truthfulness of news reports.

  • In our final lesson, Way will consider journalistic responsibility in the age of social media.

Good evening.

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Lesson 5: Quality of News Reports

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/07/03
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