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SUNY Geneseo Fraser Hall Library Subject Guides

HIST 302 Famine in Modern Society -- Professor Cope: Fake News Workshop, Part 1, September 6

Reliable Sources

Journalistic Quality and Partisan Perspective Grid

News Quality Chart (Unfilled) by Vanessa Otero

"News Quality" by Vanessa Otero is licensed under CC BY 4.0.   *** 


Manipulating with Language: Tricks of the Fake News Trade

Definitions Discussion

Journalism Codes of Ethics and Standards

Please research the following piece of writing in two ways: 1) Try and find the news outlet's journalism policy, code of ethics, or the standards that govern the work of their journalists. This list by the American Society of News Editors may be useful in your search, but if your news outlet is not listed, continue searching online. 2) Find out if the writer of the article is a journalist. If they aren't, what kind of background do they have?

EXAMPLE Andrew Liptak --The Verge
Group 1 Mark Sumner -- Daily KOS
Group 2 BBC News
Group 3 Ellen Nakashima -- The Washington Post
Group 4 Hans A. von Spakovsky -- National Review
Group 5 Derek Hunter -- Town Hall
Group 6 Arthur Delaney -- The Huffington Post
Group 7 Sylvan Lane -- The Hill
Group 8 Mark Sumner -- Daily KOS
Group 9 BBC  News
Group 10 Ellen Nakashima -- The Washington Post
Group 11 Hans A. von Spakovsky -- National Review
Group 12 Mark Sumner -- Daily KOS
Group 13 Arthur Delaney -- The Huffington Post

How do you know?

Image: Albuquerque Public Library                                                 Image: Indiana University East.


1. Read these two blog posts by Vanessa Otero:

December 2016: "News Quality"


August 2017: "The Chart, Second Edition: What Makes a News Source 'Good'?"

2. Now, research Vanessa Otero's chart; find out what people think of it. Read some positive and negative criticism of it. Has anyone published their own version of the chart? Write a one paragraph summary of what you find and how you feel about your own placement of news outlets on the grid.


"Article quality can vary greatly even within the same news source. One should be able to rank an individual article on the chart in the same way one ranks a whole news source. So, what makes an article/story high or low quality? It’s hard to completely eliminate one’s own bias on that issue, but one way to try to do it consistently is to categorize and rate the actual sentences and words that make it up its headline and the article itself. In order to try to rank any article on the chart in a consistent, objective-as-possible manner, I started doing sentence-by-sentence analyses of different types of articles."

"Americans Think ABC and CBS are Most Credible News Sources; The Onion and Fox News Least. "

"How Does Your Favorite News Source Rate on the Truthiness Scale?"

"Here are the Most and Least Trusted News Outlets in America"

"Alternate Reality: Viral Propaganda Chart Demonizes Independent Media: Chart Exemplifies Dying Dinisaur Media's Extreme Liberal Bias"

Here are the two charts the class built Wednesday in class.


Comparing Student Grid 1 and Student Grid 2