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Recognizing News and Stories

Many news articles and information sources will contain a point of view. Information consumers should read with an open and critical mind. 

Screenshot of the phrase sponsored stories, indicating the articles are advertisements

Beware of "Sponsored Stories," "Promoted Stories," and "Around the Web" content on legitimate news websites!

The Code of Ethics by the Society of Professional Journalists declares that ethical journalists should "distinguish news from advertising and shun hybrids that blur the lines between the two” and “prominently label sponsored content.”

Recognizing the difference between news reporting and paid content by advertisers is key to challenging fake news. Check to see if content is marked as promoted, sponsored, or as an advertisement.

Sign saying Do Not Click

When it comes to fighting clickbait and fake news, the best way to outfox advertisers and their algorithms is to simply refuse to click.

Generally trustworthy sources for news and information

Below are links to various News sources that can be trusted to deliver the news.

Domestic news sources

Official US government sources:

Independent news outlets:

  • AP News - Not-for-profit news cooperative covering worldwide breaking news and investigative reporting
  • C-SPAN - Coverage of unedited political and non-political public policy events, interviews and historical programs
  • Reuters - Reuters' editorial policy states: "We are committed to reporting the facts and in all situations avoid the use of emotive terms. The only exception is when we are quoting someone directly or in indirect speech."

Financial news:

International news outlets:

Maheshwari, Sapna, and John Herrman. "Publishers are Rethinking those ‘Around the Web’ Ads." New York Times, Oct 30 2016,