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A roundup of the latest topics in news literacy and misinformation.

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Quality news reports should have multiple sources.
Journalists include experts, eyewitnesses, documents, officials and more as sources for news reports. When you’re looking at news, take a moment to note which sources are included in the reporting.

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This week on RumorGuard

Viral social media posts falsely claim California Gov. Gavin Newsom is trying to remove former President Donald Trump from election ballots. President Joe Biden did not doze off during a recent visit to wildfire-stricken Maui. After last week’s rare tropical storm in Southern California, false claims of flooding at an LA metro station went viral with an out-of-context video. Check out more of the latest debunked rumors on NLP’s RumorGuard!

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