Open another window or two and start googling.
- Google the organization and find out who they are and whether they are highly regarded. Look for bias, controversies, and awards.
- Google the author.
Quick look at the article.
- Look for a date of publication. It is not uncommon for old articles to be presented as breaking news.
- Consider whether your own biases are influencing you. For example, if you dislike a particular political figure you are predisposed to believe negative stories about that person and discount positive ones.
Deeper look at the article.
- Does the headline truly reflect the story? Is it sensationalized?
- What evidence does the article present to support its argument?
Consider a fact-checking site.