What makes a news source reliable? How can you be sure you are looking at a news article?
Evaluate the Article
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A news source does not deliver monolithic content. Different news article types are written for different purposes. For instance, an article may intend to convey facts (e.g. news story) or to give an opinion (e.g. editorial).
News Story: Written in a direct way with no editorial comments
Feature Story: Written to inform or entertain, may include more of the writer's individual style and judgment
Editorial: Presents the opinion of the publisher or editors
Review: A critique of an art form, such as a movie or a book
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Original chart created by Vanessa Otero, 2016. Access an interactive chart. This chart redesigned by Kristofer Kline, 2017, UC Merced Library.