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CMST 2800: Advanced Public Communication

Resources for CMST 2800

Fact-Checking Resources

Evaluate Your News Sources

Evaluate your news using IMVAIN

The bedrock method of deconstruction: Each source in a news report is evaluated using the “IMVAIN” rubric and you can to:

  • Independent sources are preferable to self-interested sources.

  • Multiple sources are preferable to a report based on a single source.
  • Sources who Verify or provide verifiable information are preferable to those who merely assert.
  • Authoritative and/or Informed sources are preferable to sources who are uninformed or lack authoritative background.
  • Named sources are better than anonymous ones.

Does the Source Have Slant, Ideology, or Bias?

Recognizing bias, the predisposition or tendency that distorts the ability to fairly weigh evidence, can be difficult. These resources show the differing perspectives and biases of news stories and how we consume them.