COVID19 Get the Facts

You may have seen some differing views on Whanganui’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, and it’s important to know that what you’re reading is accurate and reliable. Here’s 5 tips to help you make sure what you read online is from a reliable source:

1. Understand the publisher
Anyone on the internet can publish anything they like. It’s important to understand the goals of that publication. You can often learn about a website’s background by reviewing its ‘About’ page.
2. Check the sources
The sources of an article are a strong reflection of an article’s quality. If the article doesn’t list sources, ask yourself — where is this information coming from? If the article does list sources, check them and make sure you believe they are authoritative.
3. Check the date
You can usually find this at the top or bottom of the page. Recently written articles are more likely to be trustworthy than outdated articles.
4. Check grammar and spelling
Poor grammar and multiple spelling mistakes could be a flag that the information you are reading is not trustworthy.
5. Check the site design
Reputable publishers put a lot of effort into making sure their articles are easy to read. If the page you are on has advertising that blocks you from reading the article, or formatting that makes it difficult to read, then those are signs the publication is not trustworthy.