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Call Numbers

There are quite a number of books in the regular collection in the sections of
HF5800 to HF6200
PN4700 to PN5650

Breaking News Consumers' Handbook

NPR show On The Media has created a Breaking News Consumers' Handbook to consult when there is breaking news. Tips include: 

  • Don't trust anonymous sources.
  • Don't trust stories that cite another news outlet as the source of the information.
  • Pay attention to the language the media uses.
    • “We are getting reports”… could mean anything.
    • “We are seeking confirmation”… means they don’t have it.
    • “[News outlet] has learned”… means it has a scoop or is going out on limb.
  • Look for news outlets close to the incident.
  • Compare multiple sources.
  • Big news brings out the fakers. And photoshoppers.
  • Beware reflexive retweeting. Some of this is on you.

Communications Books

Subject Guide

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