As part of the series “How do we make information”, the result of a collaboration between Agence Science-Presse and École branchée, we are now focusing on journalistic sources. Journalistic sources are the very origin of important news that changes the world and makes things happen. Who does not remember an impressive statement found on the web or in the pages of a newspaper? Who has never been upset by a poignant, touching, angry testimony?
The sources are directly related to the reliability of a news and to the quality of the journalistic work. Knowing how to assess their credibility comes down to determining at the same time the credibility of an article. The rumor detector from Agence Science-Presse or the Decryptors of Radio-Canada are experts in dealing with credible and non-credible sources that spread on social networks. They set the record straight and tell you the truth, among other things, on everything related to COVID-19. It is important, even essential, in the context of the current crisis, to choose credible sources of information when the time comes to inform yourself, such as Radio-Canada, La Presse, The news, Science-Press Agency or École branchée.
Journalists who therefore want to be credible take care to respect the guide to ethics (set of rules and duties governing a profession) of the Quebec Press Council concerning the use of sources. See the excerpt below to learn a bit more about the source framework. You can also go just here to consult the entire code of ethics.
*You can download, by clicking here, an infographic that can help your students easily distinguish a reliable journalistic source from one that is not.
At the end of these activities, the student will be able to recognize credible journalistic sources.
Disciplines and levels targeted
– French (2nd cycle of secondary)
Read and enjoy a variety of texts
Make a critical judgment: take a step back from the text by relying on cultural and media references (recognition of a source by the scientific or journalistic community, editorial line of a media, etc.) which confirm the credibility or receivable from a source or information.
Suggested digital tools
- Can go
- Screen capture and PDF annotation functions
Objectives of the activities
- Identify primary and secondary sources in an article.
- Recognize reliable journalistic sources.
- Avoid the pitfalls of misleading information.
☝️ ACTIVITÉ : À la conquête de la vérité sur le Web!
🤖 Demandez à vos élèves s’ils ont déjà discuté avec un « chat bot ». Il s’agit de robots virtuels qui adaptent leurs réponses et conversent de façon interactive en fonction de ce qu’on leur écris.
As a result, the Décrypteurs team has created thematic workshops to better equip them against fake news circulating on the Web through a discussion with a “chat bot”.
Students can go here to “chat” with Alexis De Lancer (dialogue robot version), the host of the program Décrypteurs, who will guide them in their interactive journey to conquer the truth on the Web.
☝️ ACTIVITÉ : Les sources journalistiques
On the menu of this activity sheet:
- Exercise 1: From the following fictional excerpts, identify the sources and their relevance to the topics covered. Can you trust them? Why or why not?
- Exercise 2: Read the following scenarios. If you were a journalist, who would you want to talk to? Which sources would be most relevant? Name at least two per scenario.
🔎 ABOUT THIS SPECIAL SERIES
Through eight pedagogical sheets, students will be put in the shoes of a journalist and carry out activities specially created to enlighten them on various facets of news production in the age of social networks.
The design of the various educational sheets was made possible thanks to the collaboration between theScience-Press Agency and École branchée. Each sheet contains a theoretical part on a specific subject relating to the production of information, in addition to activities that tend to develop various disciplinary and digital skills in the student.
Check out the other guides in this special feature:
Sheet #1: Information vs opinion
Sheet #2: How to recognize a reliable news site
Sheet #4: Confirmation bias
Sheet #5: How to recognize hidden advertising
Sheet #6: News media
File #7: Scientific information
Sheet #8: Disinformation