Mod 8 -HW#7 – “Fake News” How to identify reliable sources on the Web

  • Due Wednesday by 11:59pm

  • Points 10

  • Submitting a text entry box or a file upload

For this assignment, we will look for health information on the Web and try to determine the reliability of the information and the source.

  • Step #1: First read these articles by Common Sense Media (for kids, but it applies to all users) and  the Center for Education Innovation at the University of Minnesota.
  • Step #2: Use Google or another search engine to search for online health information credibility. It can be general or a specific health issue, like COVID-19.
  • Step #3. Look for blog posts or articles that discuss issues regarding misleading or incorrect health information about this topic.
  • Step #4: When you locate an article, copy/paste the URL of the article into your homework assignment. Does the domain look trust worthy? What TLD does it end with?
  • Step #5: Answer these questions about the article and the source of the news:
    • Who is the author of the article and what are their credentials? M.D.? Something else?
    • Who runs the site? Check the “About” section of the website.
    • Who do you think is the target audience?
    • Who paid for this? Or, who gets paid if you click on this?
    • Who might benefit or be harmed by this message?
    • What is left out of this message that might be important?
    • Is this credible and what makes you think that?
  • Step #6 – Go to a fact checking site to check . You can use any of these fact-checking sites:

For more on fake vs. real news, check out these resources from
Dr. Melissa Zimdars, assistant professor of communications at Merrimack College:


You will create a Word document named HW07_firstnamelastname.docx