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Lecture 1

MC 2000 Lecture 1: mc2000_newsliteracyfinal_0205


Department
Mass Communication
Course Code
MC 2000
Professor
L.Apcar
Lecture
1

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MC2000 2/5/16
Common sense source evaluation
Who is this source?
How would this person know about this?
Is anyone else telling the same story?
Is this person providing evidence or just making
assertions?
Does this source have a dog in the fight (bias)?
I-M-V-A-I-N
Independent sources are better than self-interested
sources
Multiple sources are better than single sources
Sources who Verify with evidence are better than
sources who assert
Authoritative/Informed sources are better than
uninformed sources
Named sources are better than unnamed sources
Judging the reliability of sources
Independent sources are better than self-interested
sources
o Much more truthful and less likely to mislead
o Intellectually truthful?
o Politically neutral?
o Financial interests at stake?
o Family involved?
Multiple sources are better than single sources
o Information coming from multiple sources is
usually more reliable than something just one
person is saying
Sources who Verify with evidence are better than
sources who assert
o Sources who back up what they say with facts are
more valuable than ones who make unverifiable
accusations or offer opinions, inferences or
hunches without corroboration
Authoritative/Informed sources are better than
uninformed sources
o Sources who know what they’re talking about are
always more valuable than sources who don’t have
the credentials or information to speak
knowledgeably about a subject
Named sources are better than unnamed sources
o Sources who are fully identified and speak on the
record are accountable for what they say. The
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