NewsGuard is a tool that shows trust ratings for over 7,500 news and information websites. It is embedded in Search Coach to provide ratings right on the students’ results page. Created by journalists, NewsGuard is a tool for assessing website credibility and transparency.
Note: Not all sites are rated by NewGuard – this doesn’t necessarily mean they are bad, just that they have smaller audiences than most news sites. NewsGuard rates the more than 7000 websites responsible for approximately 95% of all news and information shared online in the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, and Italy.
Select the NewsGuard rating to open up a checklist that shows how NewsGuard decided on that website's rating:
Does not repeatedly post false content
Gathers and presents information responsibly
Regularly corrects or clarifies errors
Handles the difference between news and opinion responsibly
Avoids deceptive headlines
Website discloses ownership and financing
Clearly labels advertising
Reveals who’s in charge, including any possible conflicts of interest
Provides information about content creators
Select Full NewsGuard Analysis to see more details about the site's rating.
Note: NewsGuard rates entire sites, not each specific article. For example, the Seattle Times gets a 100% NewsGuard rating for its credibility and transparency. However, like most newspapers, it often publishes “op-ed” pieces which are opinion-based by nature. Make sure students understand how to identify opinion pieces.
When NewsGuard ratings aren't available, a Reliability card will help students identify trustworthy sources.
Because .gov and .edu resources are generally trusted and don’t primarily deliver news, NewsGuard usually doesn't rate them. Sites with a .edu or .gov domain will be shown as Likely trustworthy on the Reliability card.
Many sites will have a Reliability card of Unknown. In this case, students will need to use other skills to identify if the source is trustworthy.
NewsGuard will also indicate if a website is a Platform. Platforms publish content that isn't vetted, so need to be used carefully.
NewsGuard is available as a free Edge extension for use with Bing and can be licensed for use on Google.