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About Sponsored Stories
The goal of sponsored stories (also known as sponsored content) is to sell, not to inform or educate.
When looking through websites for news,
avoid websites that:
- end in “lo” ex: Newslo. These sites take pieces of accurate information and then package that information with false or misleading “facts” (sometimes for the purposes of satire or comedy)
- that end in “.com.co” as they are often fake versions of real news sources.
- Publish stories that are not also being published by known/reputable news sites.
- are poorly designed and/or use ALL CAPS. The content of these sites should be verified through reputable sources.
For more on this topic see False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and Satirical "News" Sources. By Dr. Melissa Zimdars, Merrimack College (MA)