Useful Links

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Where to check the facts

Seen a news story or social media post and not sure if it’s real or not? These sites will help you check the facts.
Fact Checking
Fact Checking

BBC Reality Check
BBC dedicated fact checking team
UK independent fact checking charity

Google Reverse Image Search
useful for verifying the source of photographs, WhatsApp images, screenshots and memes.

Upload images to see if they’ve been changed

The Way Back Machine
A digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artefacts in digital form

Behind the Headlines
A guide to the science that makes the news

Sense About Science
Independent campaigning charity that challenges the misrepresentation of science and evidence in public life.

Debunks misleading scientific claims being used for political gain

An independent media outlet dedicated to educating the public on media bias and deceptive news practices.

I want to be a journalist

These sites will give you help and advice on courses and resources available.

National Council for the Training of Journalists
the premier training scheme for journalists in the United Kingdom.
How to become a journalist

Poynter Institute
US based. Describes itself as, world’s leading instructor, innovator, convener and resource for anyone who aspires to engage and inform citizens in 21st Century democracies.

The Guardian University Guide 2020
league table for journalism, publishing and PR
How to get started in journalism

The Guardian
How to become a freelance writer

How to become a broadcast journalist

Broadcast Journalism Training Council
The BJTC is a partnership of UK media employers and education providers with a shared goal of ensuring the highest professional standards of journalism training.

National Careers Service
Information on being a newspaper journalist

Fake News Studies and Reports

Articles and studies on fake news and its influence on you and me.

Nieman Foundation at Harvard
a project to try to help figure out where the news is headed in the Internet age
Report: Manipulating Social Media to Undermine Democracy

BBC News
News story advice from universities on how to spot fake news

UK Commission on Fake News and the Teaching of Critical Literacy
The final report from Commission on Fake News and the Teaching of Critical Literacy Skills, run by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Literacy and the National Literacy Trust.

First Draft News
A project of the Shorenstein Center, fights mis- and disinformation through fieldwork, research and education.

News for younger audiences

These sites have news content designed for younger readers

BBC Newsround
News for young people

News Decoder
Stories that explain what’s happening

Channel One
News channel for young people

The Conversation
An independent source of news and views sourced from the academic and research community

First News
An award-winning national UK newspaper for children

The Day
A daily news service for use in schools, colleges and homes

The Week Junior
A new current affairs magazine for children aged between 8 and 14

An international non-profit organization which works to ensure access to trusted, quality information that empowers people to have a voice in their future and to live healthy, secure, and rewarding lives