Once upon a time, photos were real, people trusted the news and there was no such thing as “alternative facts.”
Today, technology has changed everything – and still is. Between Photoshop, apps that allow anyone to create Deepfake videos and the surge of biased websites posing as neutral news sources, everything you read, see or hear could be fake.
That’s why Peoria Public Library wants to provide our patrons with a field guide to spotting misleading information, as well as resources to help you and your family exercise your critical thinking skills. Unfortunately, buyer beware now applies to how we consume information in our daily lives.
On this page you’ll find fact-checking links, links to reputable news sources and suggested books and online resources for further study. Our staff of information professionals (aka librarians) are also available to help you track the truth.
Building Better Media Habits with Dr. Cory Barker
Thursday, November 3 | 6 – 7 p.m.
Peoria Public Library North Branch and via Zoom
Join Dr. Cory Barker, Assistant Professor of Communications at Bradley University, as he continues to show us how to “Build Better Media Habits” in 2022. In this session, he will explore moral panics and cultural wars, including who benefits and why we’re always mad at each other.
Free and open to the public, either in person or via Zoom.
Good Sources of Information
In real life, we don’t choose one author and only read his or her books. Hopefully, we read widely across many genres. The same should be true when it comes to reading about world events.
When the same news is covered by many news outlets – and the information presented aligns on critical points – then it is likely that information reflects the core truth of a situation.
Peoria Public Library offers two online routes to access thousands of newspapers from around the world. With NewsBank and ProQuest Newsstand you can read the Peoria Journal Star or the New York Times. Almost always, the articles are updated daily. We also provide access to thousands of peer-reviewed journals if you would like to read more deeply on subjects. Search 13 databases – medical and other scholarly journals and government publications among them – through Peoria Public Library’s WorldCat FirstSearch. You will need your library card and a special authorization code from our librarians for access.
News Sources of National and International News
The following news outlets are among those recognized as being the most neutral and most reliable for national and international news. To help you evaluate bias across media sources, you can investigate various media bias charts. We recommend you choose ones with rigorous, transparent methodologies. Check out Poynter’s MediaWise Project for more media literacy tools.