How To Identify Reliable Newspapers


I don't read or watch stories about celebrities often or acknowledge general gossip articles but I tend to read Variety; they have a large team of experienced writers and journalists. Although Variety is not suitable for academic research, if I want to know what celebrities are up to, currently Andrew Garfield, I will watch their content or Law&Crime Network for Johnny Depp's court case as of 2022. Variety also covers upcoming films, they are almost always trending on Twitter.


As for sports magazines, when I want to know what is happening in Basketball I simply follow NBA however Twitter is very good at keeping me up to date with the scores throughout the season on the Explore Sports section.


I shy away from Facebook news sources or any external links completely. Unless you follow specific newspapers like The Guardian, The New York Times and/ or BBC Sports, I advised you not to trust sources from this social media platform, especially if you are looking to read hard-hitting news stories; environmental, war or politics.


Tabloid magazines are a bit trickier to narrow down because there are so many and I don't tend to read them, they are not in my weekly routine. I stick with Variety and not stir to The Sun or The Mirror because I know they are unreliable sources and are "fictional nonsense".


News agencies such as Associated Press and Agency-France Press have a duty to provide factual and ethical news for their readers. Factual information is gathered with clarified evidence and references to a story, otherwise, legal action can be taken.


According to a Stanford case study in 2016 80% of American students could not tell the difference between an ad and a news story, commonly fake news is outperforming real news.

Popular magazines

Scholarly (+ peer reviews)

Trade publications

Content

Current events; general interest articles.

Research results/reports; reviews of research; book reviews.

Articles about a certain business or industry.

Purpose

To inform, entertain or elicit an emotional response.

To share research or scholarship with the academic community.

To inform about business or industry news, trends or products.

Author

Staff writers, freelancers, journalists.

Scholars/researchers.

Staff researchers, business/ industry professionals, journalists.

Audience

General public.

Scholars, researchers, students.

Business/ industry professionals.

Review

Staff editor.

Editorial board made up of other scholars and researchers.

Staff editor.

Citations

According to... or a list.

Bibliographies, references, endnotes & footnotes.

Few, may or may not have any references.

Frequency

Weekly/monthly.

Quarterly or semi-annually.

Weekly/monthly.

Examples

National Geographic

Time

Travel + Leisure

Nature

Taylor & Francis Group

Elsevier

The Law Society Gazette

Variety

Game Developer

It is good to read international and national newspapers, for example, if I wanted to read about what is happening in Australia, I read the ABC Australian News and The Guardian. If I want to know what is happening in China I resort to Baidu an internet company based in China but I also read The Times. As for environmental news, the National Geographic, The Guardian, and I watch independent documentaries to better understand current issues.


Don't just read the headline, headlines are often misleading or clickbait, make sure you go beyond the headline and investigate the website, its mission and contact information. Click any links available within the article, to determine if the subsequent information supports the story.


If the article seems too eccentric and unorthodox, it might be that the author is false or biased, if you are still not sure, ask experts; a librarian, fact-checking sites, and research the subject in other newspapers.



Other fact-checking websites for newspapers and magazines.


1) Reuters

2) Society of Professional Journalists

3) National Press Photographers

4) Press Reader


If you wish to know which newspaper or magazine is reliable, have a look at https://www.thefactual.com/. For example, Forbes, an online source that is posted on Facebook has a factual grade of 49.7% and the Guardian is slightly above average with 64.8%, while the Daily Mail is 39.7%.


If you have any other fact-checking websites for newspapers or magazines, I would love to know, comment below or tweet me. Remember that when reading an article, the more credible sources are those written by authors respected and professional in their field of study.