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News: Your Guide to Evaluating News Sources: Welcome


According to Pew Research, a majority of American adults get news from social media. Though social media provides a convenient way to share and access information, people tend to post news articles that confirm their existing biases or incite passionate responses from their followers and friends. This guide is intended to help you avoid fake news, read beyond the headlines, tweets, or posts--and broaden your information horizons.

The following list is not comprehensive, but features reputable sources with solid records of quality and thorough reporting. The key, always, is to get your information from a variety of sources and to be aware the of purpose/intent of each article (e.g., opinion/editorial vs. general news vs. satire). See also, our Fake News Guide.

Online News Sources

Daily Newspapers (Online)* and News Sources


News Services & Aggregators

Services and aggregators bring together news from a variety of contributors or sources.

News Magazines (Online)*

Weekly or monthly magazines sometimes provide more in-depth reporting and thoughtful analysis. 

*Also available in print format on the main floor of Hunter Library