INFORMATION, NOT NEWS
NEWS OUTLETS ARE OFTEN MADE UP OF LARGE CORPORATIONS WHO USE EYE-CATCHING HEADLINES TO BRING MORE VIEWS TO THEIR BUSINESS IN ORDER TO GAIN MORE MONEY.
"Fox News makes an estimate of $1.32 billion in profit, while CNN makes $773.1 million in estimated profit. (2020)"
INFORMATION, HOWEVER, IS WHERE YOU CAN FIND REPORTS, FACTS, AND STUDIES THAT WILL INFORM AND EDUCATE YOU TO FORM YOUR OWN CONCLUSIONS AND OPINIONS.
HOW DO I TELL THE DIFFERENCE?
is a disproportionate weight in favor of or against an idea or thing, usually in a way that is closed-minded, prejudicial, or unfair.
is false or inaccurate information, especially when it's deliberately intended to deceive.
IN THE MEDIA
Credible, easy-to-find sources from a university, lab, specialized organization (Example: CDC )
Authors of articles have some sort of degree or education/expertise about the related topic
The site address has .edu, .org, or .gov at the end of it
the author is involved in politics (part of a party) or supports political figures
there are opinionated words or phrases in the article, header, or title. (Example: "Politician skates by allegations of inappropriate behavior.")
ads pop up on the site or it is trying to sell you something
AllSides.com is a site that not only filters out news specific by headlines by their bias rating, but it also has a search option where you can insert any website or news outlet to view its bias rating.