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Journalism - Evaluating News and Information: Home

This guide offers background on types of information and tips for analyzing sources in order to become an active information consumer and responsible journalist

Using This Guide

A University of Missouri logo with a gold M and U stacked vertically, outlined in blackJournalism is the process of collecting, verifying, curating, interpreting and presenting information about the world by ethical storytellers of the highest quality. This guide offers resources for evaluating sources in order to become an active information consumer and responsible journalist.

The tabs above will direct you to subject pages populated with valuable resources for evaluating sources like a journalist.

Library Quick Links

Journalism Quick Links

Missouri School of Journalism at MU

120 Neff Hall

Columbia, MO 65211

Phone: 573-882-1908

Email: journalism@missouri.edu

Johnathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism

243 Walter Williams Hall

Columbia, MO 65211

Phone: 573-882-0698
Email: woelfels@missouri.edu

Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI)

401 S 9th St, Columbia, MO 65201

Phone: 573-884-9121

Email: rji@rjionline.org

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"The online world is full of fake news — fabricated stories set loose via social media with clickbait headlines and tantalizing images, intended for no purpose other than to fool readers and generate advertising revenues for their publishers....The fictions and fabrications that comprise fake news are but a subset of the larger bad news phenomenon, which also encompasses many forms of shoddy, unresearched, error-filled, and deliberately misleading reporting that do a disservice to everyone."

David Mikkelson, 2016

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Library: 573-882-7502

Vera Elwood
Head, Journalism Library
103A Reynolds Journalism Institute
Phone: 573-882-6591
Email: velwood@missouri.edu

Sandy Schiefer
Journalism Librarian
103B Reynolds Journalism Institute
Phone: 573-882-0660
email: schiefers@missouri.edu