Skip to main content

Find the Facts

CHECKING IN Jordan Mamone and writer Rebecca Mordechai confirm facts in this article. DREW WILLIS FOR TIME FOR KIDS

More than half of teens learn about the news from social-media sources and YouTube videos. That’s according to a 2019 Common Sense Media survey. But the information on those sites is not always trustworthy.

“There’s more misinformation out there than ever,” Jordan Mamone says. He works as a fact-checker at TIME for Kids. “It’s really important to learn about your sources,” he adds. Mamone works with writers and editors to make sure people can trust what they read.

Getting It Right

Mamone verifies verify JEFF MCCOLLOUGH—EYEEM/GETTY IMAGES to prove that something is true (verb) When you travel to another country, you must show your passport in order to verify your identity. all of the facts in an issue of TFK before it is published. How does he do this? First, he reads each article. He underlines information that can be proven. Examples include numbers and historical details. He then looks for a primary source to confirm the information. Primary sources are firsthand accounts. They include official websites and autobiographies.

If Mamone can’t find a primary source, he’ll look for three secondary sources to confirm a fact. Secondary sources describe what a primary source says. They include newspaper articles and books. Mamone doesn’t rely on every secondary source. He avoids those that are outdated or biased biased Family watching american football match on television at home prejudiced for or against someone or something (adjective) I live in Pittsburgh, so I am biased when it comes to football and always root for the Pittsburgh Steelers. . He also skips sources that may not have been fact-checked. These include personal blogs.

Merrill Fabry is also a fact-checker. She works for TIME magazine. When fact-checking, she pays attention to even the smallest details. “For example, if someone writes ‘a stack of books’ in an article, I need to find out if it’s really a ‘stack’ or if it’s just a couple of books,” Fabry says.

What’s the best part of being a fact-checker? “I really enjoy getting to work with writers and editors,” Fabry says. “It can be very collaborative collaborative SDI PRODUCTIONS/GETTY IMAGES involving two or more people working together (adjective) Group science-fair projects are a collaborative effort. .” Mamone sees another benefit: “The topics that you’re researching are constantly changing,” he says. “You’re always learning!”