Says Who? Evaluating Sources - Part 3 - Evaluating Anonymous Sources

Lesson Objectives:

  • Define the specific characteristics needed to evaluate an anonymous source.

Video Introduction:

Stony Brook University School of Journalism Professor Steven Reiner explains how to evaluate anonymous sources.

Guiding Questions

  • How do transparency, characterization, and corroboration help bolster claims made by an anonymous source?
  • Why might a source request anonymity?
  • What other evidence might you look for after hearing from an anonymous source?