What's the best advice?

In this week's Learning Zone, we learnt about the importance of getting news from a range of sources.

However, what makes reliable news?

We have asked many experts this question over the last few years.

Your challenge:

Watch the videos below. What's the best piece of advice from our past experts? Why have you chosen that?


Watch journalist Adam Roberts answer the question: "How do you know what is fact and what is not?" at the time of the 2020 American election.


Watch BBC presenter and author Evan Davis talk about his top tips for spotting fake news and lies as part of our topic on infodemics.


Watch fact-checker Pippa Allen Kinross explain where she finds her news.


Comments (50)

  • British Council.jpg champion_elephant | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    20 Apr 2022

    I would love to think that every part of a story has even just an atom of truth in it don't you think, talking to people helps a lot don't you think, also do you not think it all balls down to propaganda, I mean look at public opinion we take different people opinion and compare, we could hold a local or even an online consensus and compare the results. Personally I have to go with asking trusted persons I mean it is better to get information from a trusted person than from random people, some might ask what if their intel is not legit, well that is where accountability comes in he or she should be held accountable for their actions.

    1. High Lawn Primary.jpg optimistic_starfish | High Lawn Primary School | United Kingdom
      champion_elephant's comment 26 Apr 2022

      I agree with this as every news story should have a drop of truth, but I'm pretty sure they take the truth and twist it in ways more appealing to the public.

      1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
        optimistic_starfish's comment 26 Apr 2022

        Oh this made me think! Can you explain what sorts of things in the news might be "more appealing to the public"?

        1. High Lawn Primary.jpg optimistic_starfish | High Lawn Primary School | United Kingdom
          Katie @ Topical Talk's comment 26 Apr 2022

          For example, some people report that 2 men have had a massive fight leaving 1 heavily injured. The media may twist this story into: an aggressive debate between crowd about a battle between 2 men.

  • Bruntcliffe-logo-250x250.jpg openminded_history | Bruntcliffe Academy | United Kingdom
    20 Apr 2022

    The best piece of advice from these videos on how to spot reliable news is checking the source. I have chosen this because some news companies fake their news for attention on the media.

    1. avatar.jpg Rachel @ KPMG
      openminded_history's comment 22 Apr 2022

      That's a good point openminded_history, can you say more? For example, how do you know which sources are reliable?

      1. British Council.jpg aware_painting | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        Rachel @ KPMG's comment 23 Apr 2022

        Comparing the headlines, the fake headlines are exaggerated and striking, and checking the website link, the fake ones imitate the original sources of the news, making sure of the source of the news and that the site is known for its credibility or that we hear about it for the first time, in addition to that the fake news contains obvious spelling errors...

    2. British Council.jpg constructive_moth | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
      openminded_history's comment 22 Apr 2022

      I agree with openminded_history about checking the sources of news to verify whether it is true or not. One of the ways to know whether a piece of information is valid or not is to check the author and the author's credentials. Another way is by comparing news. Comparing that news to what you already know is reliable news(for example news from organisations that are credible and famous for releasing true information). This will help one to know whether a piece of news can be trusted or not.

  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg digital_wildcat | Graveney School | United Kingdom
    20 Apr 2022

    Many individuals make fake news to see how people react in different ways and they also exaggerate stories and alter the truth.

    1. avatar.jpg Rachel @ KPMG
      digital_wildcat's comment 21 Apr 2022

      That can definitely be a worry digital_wildcat - what do you think the impact of these types of 'fake' stories can be?

      1. British Council.jpg genuine_memory | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        Rachel @ KPMG's comment 28 Apr 2022

        I see that the impact of these fake stories is very great on children, for example, horror stories are one of the most dangerous stories for children. They are also considered to be fake fictional stories that do not even exist, and there are many dangers of health problems such as a high heart rate because of the frightening clips. The temperature of the children’s bodies drops due to their intense fear. These stories provide great opportunities for heart disease from behind these fake stories that affect children. The most dangerous of these psychological problems is the incidence of obsessive-compulsive disease. But now our children are afraid to enter anywhere on their own because of these terrifying and fake lies.

    2. British Council.jpg constructive_moth | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
      digital_wildcat's comment 21 Apr 2022

      I completely agree with you digital_wildcat. Curiosity about peoples reactions to certain news is one of the major reasons why fake news is rampant today. People exaggerate stories and deceive countless people just see how people will react and this is not right. Fake news can bring a lot of disasters as people can believe the fake stories. An example of what digital_wildcat is saying is seen in the news that circulated on social media in my country some years back. Back then, there was a disease called "Lassa Fever" caused by rats and some people posted fake news on social media that salt was the cure just to see people's reaction to the news. People started eating food with excess salt, bathing with salt in their water and doing all sorts of things with salt. In this case, people actually believed the news and this news affected them because too much salt is not good for the body.

      1. British Council.jpg champion_elephant | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
        constructive_moth's comment 21 Apr 2022

        exactly constructive_moth I agree with you, we all know about the present entertainment news going round that asap rocky cheated on Rhianna, fake news that has been spread and even has meme's made about it, it is also lack of research don't you think.

        1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
          champion_elephant's comment 22 Apr 2022

          What do you think celebrities should do if they hear a piece of fake news about them, champion_elephant?

          1. British Council.jpg champion_elephant | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
            Katie @ Topical Talk's comment 22 Apr 2022

            They can just simply stop the rumor I mean will it kill them to just maybe make even just a tweet to verify the truth.

          2. British Council.jpg aware_painting | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
            Katie @ Topical Talk's comment 23 Apr 2022

            Celebrities can deny rumors by appearing to the public through television programs or their official page, denying news and rumors, and asking for accuracy in publishing fake news that would harm everyone...

          3. British Council.jpg fulfilled_peach | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
            Katie @ Topical Talk's comment 23 Apr 2022

            Interesting question! What do you think celebrities should do if they hear false news about them? It is true that many rumors pursued celebrities, including: death is like the death of the artist (Nancy Ajram), but it seems that Nancy did not care much about this rumor, and contented himself with publishing a picture of her while she was heading to the Sultanate of Oman to celebrate a party, and then published another picture in a striking blue dress from inside the party. The craziest is the false pregnancy of many celebrities that are making their way across Hollywood and the Arab world. But everyone lies and some are creative in it! But if I'm famous I'll follow .

          4. British Council.jpg fulfilled_peach | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
            Katie @ Topical Talk's comment 24 Apr 2022

            What do you think celebrities should do if they hear false news about them? Every day we hear the news of the death of artists, false pregnancy and cloning but this thing is called “fake news” rumors are said about them, but all celebrities have ways to get through these rumors! 1- The artist "Nancy Ajram" had spread a rumor about her that she passed away, but what was her reaction? She had only published a picture of her while she was heading to the Sultanate of Oman to perform a party, and then published another picture in a striking blue dress from inside the party. I think that celebrities should do what Nancy Ajram did; Because she did something very right! I think people's reactions to . I think people's reactions to certain news is one of the main reasons why fake news is so prevalent today. People exaggerate the stories and deceive countless people most of them (celebs) and only see how people will react which is not true. Fake news can bring a lot of disasters as people can believe fake stories like rumors about celebrities! Everyone lies and some are creative in it!

  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg encouraging_elderberry | Graveney School | United Kingdom
    20 Apr 2022

    Something repeated several times is the necessity to look at and read several different sources form different people in society because that could help you build a full, accurate picture of what is happening rather than just looking at one source who could be wrong or misguided in some way. This is incredibly important, we need to know which areas of news to trust and which not to because, if we are in that situation of electing a new prime minister or other type of ruler, we need to be able to make a wise and informed decision so that there is a good person in charge. However, there are cases in which some news outlets are trustworthy and can be used reliably.

    1. avatar.jpg Rachel @ KPMG
      encouraging_elderberry's comment 21 Apr 2022

      That's an interesting perspective encouraging_elderberry, how can we determine which types of news outlets are 'trustworthy'? Do you have examples of outlets that you think are trustworthy and 'can be used reliably'?

      1. Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg encouraging_elderberry | Graveney School | United Kingdom
        Rachel @ KPMG's comment 22 Apr 2022

        When I re-read my comment I realise that there are basically no areas of news which would be completely perfect in regards to factual AND unbiased stories. Bias is an interesting word, there is no way to be unbiased as even if we only say verifiable facts, we can not show all the facts on both sides without created a very confusing news story. That is why I think I was wrong in that area of my comment, there isn't a way to find an unbiased story so if anyone wants to find the truth (even though as I have said there is basically no way to find the full truth, unbiased) they need to search websites which they believe they trust or think is reliable and find out people's opinions too because sometimes pubic opinion can convey more things than the national news.

      2. British Council.jpg aware_painting | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        Rachel @ KPMG's comment 23 Apr 2022

        Unfortunately, in my opinion, there is no objective measure of trust, but you can find news outlets that have developed a reputation and are not biased to any party, for example: BBC The British Broadcasting Corporation is a broadcaster that does not belong to anyone and does not owe outside interests and provides accurate, unbiased and balanced reporting, I think it's the best news site...

  • British Council.jpg fulfilled_peach | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    20 Apr 2022

    The advice I will give may not be mentioned in the videos! +1 The best tip from these videos on how to discover reliable news is 1- Follow the BBC ; Because it ensures the authenticity of the news well, and it is an honest and open channel about what we do not know of false news, lies and facts, and it avoids unfounded speculations, allegations, allegations, material facts and the rest of the content that cannot be verified. The news will be deleted!

    1. British Council.jpg noble_dinosaur | Kfarhatta Secondary Public School | Lebanon
      fulfilled_peach's comment 23 Apr 2022

      I disagree with you fulfilled_peach with the idea that we should rely on one specific source, as every news source is vulnerable to receiving and reporting fake news whether intentionally or not, don't you think it's better to also rely on other several credible sources at the same time?

  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    20 Apr 2022

    What makes news reliable?
    The answer: When we follow channels or sources, for example the BBC
    Therefore, the channels and sources must be reliable because the news affects our lives

  • British Council.jpg genuine_memory | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    20 Apr 2022

    The best advice from these videos on how to discover reliable news is, have you ever asked yourself where this news comes from? I chose this because of making sure of its authenticity and the validity of this news so that we can believe it. You must know who is wrong and who is right and honest in spreading news to people.

  • British Council.jpg champion_seed | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    20 Apr 2022

    According to my experience, and I have relatives who work in the press, I asked them how to make people verify the experience of the news. They told me that we publish the news with all its accuracy, and perhaps we will come up with videos indicating that the news happened, such as on direct videos or video clips, and confirming its authenticity before publishing it.. I was not convinced of their words, so they started They explain to me step by step an example of the Second World War, how people knew and confirmed through our exit on the live broadcast and also we bring videos that occurred at the event, but how do people know that the video is true, they have to search through social networking sites through the time period from which the video was published and also They said that there should not be one news channel, perhaps many channels, but that the news is true.

  • British Council.jpg champion_seed | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    20 Apr 2022

    There are 6 ways. To verify the authenticity of the news, whether it is true or not. 1- It is when publishing any news that we must verify it through web applications 2- And secondly, knowing who is the publisher of the news must be a well-known or famous journalist or be known from any company he works 3- Publishing through the most effective applications It is like Facebook or Instagram, the people of this news are true. 4- Knowing the duration of the news, the day or the date when it was published, because the possibility of it being old. 5- Searching for the source of the information and knowing the publisher site, reading more and getting to know the full story, knowing the author and writer of this information and whether he is trustworthy. 6- If the information is strange, it may be sarcastic. Therefore, it is necessary to verify the type of website and writer, and whether the information is true

  • British Council.jpg helpful_flower | Duheusheh Girls Basic School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    20 Apr 2022

    The best piece of advice from these videos on how to spot reliable news isTo be frank, I did not understand what they said, but I will give a method from me: searching for the news in other regions, it is certain that they are publishers of it, and if they are not publishers of it, then I say that it is certain that even if they are persuasive in their words, it is clear that it is false information .
    I have chosen this because If I understood what people said, I would have explained their decision, but unfortunately I did not understand it, sorry.

  • British Council.jpg helpful_flower | Duheusheh Girls Basic School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    20 Apr 2022

    The best piece of advice from these videos on how to spot reliable news isCheck the source.
    I have chosen this because If we search for the mentioned source, we will find that it is false and that there is no such information.

    1. avatar.jpg Olga @ KPMG
      helpful_flower's comment 22 Apr 2022

      Thank you for your contribution, helpful_flower. Checking the source is a good practice when trying to determine whether a piece of news is genuine. Could you elaborate a bit more on how to do this? What do you think are the best ways to check that a source of information is reliable?

  • British Council.jpg amazing_reflection | Shohour High Public School | Lebanon
    21 Apr 2022

    A really important headline to launch with the launch of "Refugees and Responsibility" project, as it depends on a lot of facts, statistics, and percentages, so this headline comes as an aid for us to know where to get our statistics from. Both pieces of advice from author Evan Davis and from fact-checker Pippa Allen Kinross are the most useful, although BBC presenter's one not always can ve satisfied as there are sites which are neutral that don't belong to a certain side. When I want to check news, I usually check the site's spelling, if there are mistakes then the news are suspicious and not true, since reliable sites take care of every single detail when writing facts or news, and also checking the author and searching for his/her biography can be something useful for us, if he/she is well known then that's great, if nobody recognizes him/her then the sites is suspicious.

    1. British Council.jpg easygoing_flower | Kfarhatta Secondary Public School | Lebanon
      amazing_reflection's comment 21 Apr 2022

      I disagree with you amazing_reflection about that if the site has any grammatical mistakes or if it the author is not known, then everything is suspicious or fake. Grammatical mistakes means nothing actually. Yes some sites with grammatical mistakes turn out to be fake later but that's not something you can always depend on. The author's popularity doesn't make him/her trust worthy either since their popularity is based on how many people find in this author a reflection of their ideas and believes. Let me give you an example: in my country, there was a very popular journalist. She had million of followers on her social accounts, always on TV, and was well known on the streets. Digging deep, it turned out that all her followers are of the same ideas and beliefs. She was a reflection of their ideas. Don't mistaken popularity for being trustworthy. It means nothing.

      1. British Council.jpg constructive_moth | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
        easygoing_flower's comment 22 Apr 2022

        I agree with easygoing_flower that whether a site has grammatical errors or not has nothing to do with whether a piece of news is credible or not although that might be the case for some websites. After all, we are all humans, we make mistakes once in a while and the possibility of making grammatical errors in a piece of information cannot be completely ruled out. I also agree with easygoing_flower that popularity too should also not be a basis to judge the how true a piece of news is.

  • British Council.jpg aware_painting | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    21 Apr 2022

    The best piece of advice from these videos on how to spot reliable news isDetecting fake news and lies
    I have chosen this because Because the first step in avoiding its danger is to expose its lies, and it is the first reason for the news to lose its credibility. The right way and dealing with a sound and clean base free of corrupt and harmful news impurities.

    1. British Council.jpg trusting_pear | Shohour High Public School | Lebanon
      aware_painting's comment 25 Apr 2022

      So how are you going to detect fake news? What measures will you be taken?

  • British Council.jpg fulfilled_peach | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    21 Apr 2022

    *The best advice from these videos on how to discover reliable news is (Check the source) I chose this because some news channels may publish fake and false news, some news channels like BBC when for example the news is wrong they will delete it, it is better Getting information from a trusted person Instead of getting information from undocumented people who spread fake news to see how people react in different ways, they exaggerate the stories and change the truth. Some may ask that verifying the authenticity of the news is very important Yes!

    1. British Council.jpg trusting_pear | Shohour High Public School | Lebanon
      fulfilled_peach's comment 21 Apr 2022

      i disagree with you fulfilled_peach because noticing unpopular websites doesn't mean they would necessarily post fake news, we can't generalize that. For example, maybe the websites are new so for that unpopular but trying the best to post the most credible news. In addition, i believe that popular and credible websites must not or they don't actually post fake news in order not to lose people's trust.

      1. British Council.jpg constructive_moth | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
        trusting_pear's comment 22 Apr 2022

        I agree with trusting_pear about not focusing on whether the person that posted a piece of news or the site where that news is found is popular in order to believe whether the news is reliable or not. I also agree with trusing_pear that most times popular websites tend to want to post only true news so that they will not lose followers but at the same time I believe that people should not blindly believe a piece of news just because that news is from a popular website that you think wouldn't post any false news. The importance of verifying news cannot be overemphasized. We cannot be negligent of the possibility of popular or trustworthy websites releasing false news once in a while whether by mistake or intentionally. It is good to always be cautious as falling prey to false news can have dire consequences.

  • British Council.jpg trusting_pear | Shohour High Public School | Lebanon
    22 Apr 2022

    the best piece of advice is going to more than 1 resource and not relying on just one. Because, having same new from different sources narrows the gap of being fake, and it's equivalent to asking many people in street. If you try to get the news from one resource and checking its credibility will be harder than having it from loads of sources.

    1. avatar.jpg Olga @ KPMG
      trusting_pear's comment 22 Apr 2022

      That makes sense, trusting_pear. Looking at several sources of information can help spot fake news. However, technology allows publishing duplicate information easily, so someone keen on spreading fake news could set up different resources with the same content, to give the illusion that they are reliable. What else could you do to try to determine whether your sources of information are reliable?

    2. British Council.jpg noble_dinosaur | Kfarhatta Secondary Public School | Lebanon
      trusting_pear's comment 23 Apr 2022

      Could you clarify more? Because even if some sources report the same news, the source it self might not be credible.

    3. British Council.jpg independent_technology | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      trusting_pear's comment 24 Apr 2022

      In fact, I totally agree with you!
      Because many sites, whether on the Google browser or any social networking site, issue unreliable news, or they issue news with the intent of spoiling something!
      Sometimes we see a lot of websites that show war news and you see that it really did not happen!
      Or perhaps the owner of a site that issues news comes as a result of his enthusiasm for a topic and wants to publish it before anyone discloses it. Instead of waiting for him to verify his information, he goes and publishes incorrect news!
      And I think that this type of incorrect news is very prevalent, especially on social media!
      Therefore, we must not believe only one site and go to several sites to see if the news is true or is it just a rumor!

  • British Council.jpg incredible_trumpet | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    22 Apr 2022

    The best way to spot fake news is firstly the channel on which they are broadcasted like BBC would have 99.5% of real news. Another way is the source is it from the persons facing the situation or facts gotten from the internet especially social media this is because most news nowadays are shared through this means especially entertainment like the current issue of a celebrity in my country Tonto Dikeh who just got married and now the husband is accused for owing a debt. This kind of news got people talking especially because of the glamorous wedding, this kind of news may likely be fake but because it affects an influencer it can be regarded as true.

  • British Council.jpg bright_conversation | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    23 Apr 2022

    How to fight false news and rumors, develop your analytical and critical skills verify the source search for other sites that publish this news

  • British Council.jpg super_writer | Beitsurik Girls Basic School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    23 Apr 2022

    The best tip from these videos on how to discover reliable news is: Check the source of the news
    I chose this because when seeing a piece of news, it is necessary to verify its source to know whether the news that you saw or heard is true or false, and all of this requires correct and accurate reporting of the news and its facts, and although honesty is the general basic rule, this rule necessarily has exceptions, especially In situations that are related to the public interest, and that require not stating the whole truth, as in cases of epidemics and wars.

    It is not wise in anything to publish news of epidemics, or defeats that cause panic among people, and accuracy is a factor that complements truthfulness, and the validity and truthfulness of the news can only be completed by being accurate in knowing the parties to the news, numbers, data and pictures.
    The news affects the world if it is not true.

  • British Council.jpg content_river | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    24 Apr 2022

    I agree with you. We must go to several sites and channels to verify the news, because the enemies of the state have spread rumors about it, and the news is not reliable from my point of view. which he tells us

  • British Council.jpg champion_seed | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    25 Apr 2022

    I say in our time, nothing remains as it is; nothing evolves and becomes revealed because you are wondering how the news is true or not. A medium of journalists who publish news because the administration tells them to publish like this and the journalist is published, but when he returns home, his family asks him whether this news is true or not, so he tells them the truth, so the news becomes published by the sister to her friends and the brother to his friends and the mother around her and the father as well. And let us not forget the social networking sites through applications, research and correspondence.. Also, any simple mistake by the journalist reveals everything from verifying the news is true or not, and also when I watch the news, I have to focus and check the speech because the speech becomes not compounded on each other..

  • British Council.jpg respectful_tennis | State Experimental Basic 2 School | Ghana
    25 Apr 2022

    I disagree with you fulfilled_ peach with the idea that we should rely on one specific source, as every news source to receive and repost fake news. I believe that we must not actually post fake news in order not to lose people's trust.

  • High Lawn Primary.jpg optimistic_starfish | High Lawn Primary School | United Kingdom
    26 Apr 2022

    The best piece of advice from these videos on how to spot reliable news is check if it has been witnessed by people suck as experts, government officials, people in power.
    I have chosen this because this certifies that not only a random unnamed person has said it, but a well known leader or famous celebrity has said it meaning that it is possibly true.

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