News on the Web

  • 'Fake news' and fact checking

    UK newspapers and news sites on the Web

    Internet newspapers do not include everything which has appeared in the paper version but may offer additional services e.g. multimedia links. Full access to the content of some sites is only available to subscribers for a fee. Don't forget Brookes users can access the full text of many newspapers including UK broadsheets and tabloids through  Factiva and LexisLibrary databases.

    Web sites covering news media

    • BBC News  The Papers blog provides daily coverage of UK newspaper headlines.
    • The Conversation  is an independent online publication which gathers news and views from the academic and research community for the wider public. It has many articles on the changing role of digital news and social media.
    • Demos mapping social media The Centre for the Analysis of Social Media (CASM) at Demos studies the role of social media in social life, including how social media affects politics, policy and decision-making. 
    • FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) is an anti-censorship organisation whose Web site aims to highlight stories that are excluded from the mainstream news media.
    • Google trends uses Google tools to map the latest trends in online searching.
    • Index on Censorship is a journal focusing on contemporary writers, journalists worldwide who have been silenced for political reasons. It publishes examples of banned literature, factual reports and comment.
    • Sky News: UK usually includes daily images from UK newspaper front pages.
    • Today's Front Pages provides images of more than 2,000 newspaper front pages from around the world. It includes an archive of selected dates going back to 2003.  
    • UK Web Archive (British Library) Contains UK websites that no longer exist elsewhere collected since 2004.

    Search engines for social media

    Social media sites including Facebook and Twitter have become  many people's main source of news. These search engines allow you to search across social media content:

    • Social Mention - allows you to search blogs, microblogs and other sources up to a month ago.
    • Social Searcher - search across multiple social media sites. Searching with hashtags may work better than with keywords/phrases
    • Google Social Search - allows you to search across social media sites individually or collectively. You can sort your results by relevance or date. The search engine works with words/phrases and with hashtags.