SIFT (Four Moves and a Habit) Website Evaluation
2. Investigate the source
You want to know what you’re reading before you read it. Knowing the expertise and agenda of the source is crucial to your interpretation of what they say. Taking sixty seconds to figure out where media is from before reading will help you decide if it is worth your time, and if it is, help you to better understand its significance and trustworthiness.
4. Trace claims, quotes, and media back to the original context
Much of what we find on the internet has been stripped of context. trace the claim, quote, or media back to the source, so you can see it in its original context and get a sense if the version you saw was accurately presented.
*Credit for SIFT goes to Mike Caulfield and is shared here under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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Center for News Literacy: Stony Brook University School of Journalism. Helps students develop critical thinking skills in order to judge the reliability and credibility of information.
CounterSpin: Weekly radio show that exposes and highlights biased and inaccurate news, censored stories, and more.
FAIR: Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting: National media watch group offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship.
First Draft News: Dedicated to improving skills and standards in the reporting and sharing of information that emerges online.
The News Literacy Project: Works with educators and journalists to teach middle school and high school students how to sort fact from fiction in the digital age.
On The Media: Weekly investigation into how the media shapes our world view.
Poynter: Resource for anyone who aspires to engage and inform citizens in 21st Century democracies.
ProPublica: Independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.