NewsGuard: The Internet Trust Tool
by Grayce Mores and Madison Latiolas | May 2021
NewsGuard, a.k.a. “The Internet Trust Tool,” is a one-of-its-kind media literacy tool that
aids internet news consumers to navigate through reliable and unreliable news sources
online. NewsGuard is both practical and educational; news consumers are guided toward
credible news sources while also learning industry standards for what constitutes
truthfulness and reliability of news sources.
NewsGuard’s team of trained journalists and experienced editors rate news and information websites based on nine journalistic criteria that asses credibility and transparency of a news site as a whole. These analysts are responsible for ratings for over 4,500 websites that account for 95% of news engagement in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany and Italy.
NewsGuard is free for all users during the Coronavirus pandemic!
NewsGuard is also free to all Turnitin school partners and their students!
How it Works
NewsGuard uses a "Nutrition Label" system to rate news sources based on a common set of standards for journalistic credibility and transparency. After downloading NewsGuard, news sites and social media posts show a shield icon representing the reliability of the news source.
NewsGuard analysts assign each site one of four rating categories, either “Green,” “Red,” “Satire,” or “Platform.” Each of the nine criteria used by NewsGuard analysts to rate news sites can earn a certain number of points, such that a website that receives a green rating is not guaranteed a score of 100. NewsGuard posts full reports on each site they review, explaining their reasoning behind each rating.
NOT ALL SITES RATED GREEN ARE EQUAL
WORKS ON SOCIAL MEDIA SITES, TOO!
NewsGuard also works on links to news articles posted on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter:
NewsGuard's Nine Journalistic Criteria
How NewsGuard's experienced journalists analyze news sourcesCredibility:
- Does not repeatedly publish false content.
- Gathers and presents information responsibly.
- Regularly corrects or clarifies errors.
- Handles the difference between news and opinion responsibly
- Avoids deceptive headlines
- Website discloses ownership and financing
- Clearly labels advertising
- Reveals who’s in charge, including possible conflicts of interest.
- The site provides the names of content creators, along with either contact or biographical information
For more information on NewsGuard's rating process, visit their website.
Misinformation Monitor and 24/7 News Monitoring
The NewsGuard team releases a monthly newsletter that monitors fake news stories and trends, recently featuring reports on COVID-19 misinformation, "paid protesters" conspiracies, and social media "super-spreaders." NewsGuard has a team of journalists who monitor trending stories 24/7 to provide fast, accurate Nutrition Label ratings.
NewsGuard has created a COVID-19 Misinformation Tracking Center that reports on fake news, rumors and bad actors related to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Why We Support NewsGuard
The team at Detect Fake News believes every digital citizen should be critical consumers of information and follow the core principles of media literacy. NewsGuard is an easy tool that engages its users to think about the credibility of information they view online. The user-friendly Nutrition Labels and rating system provide an instantaneous analysis of online news sources in internet searches and social media posts. The Misinformation Monitor keeps users informed and provides analysis of recent incidents of fake news to educate digital consumers on the ever-evolving issue of misinformation. NewsGuard's mission is in line with that of Detect Fake News, to promote news literacy and avoid the spread of fake news and misinformation.