Fake News?

Using the SIFT process, this blog will decipher the legitimacy of two published articles.

The Articles in Question:

New Doll: True or False

the Source

Being an avid American Girl Doll fan, I searched for their website and came across numerous articles about their newly released doll. I found an article posted on the Chicago Tribune discussing the release, “Meet the new American Girl: Claudie Wells, modeled after a 6th grader from Hinsdale.”

Investigate the Source

The Chicago Tribune is a highly accredited and trustworthy news site, based in Chicago, Illinois. According to the Wikipedia page, it is the most used news source in the Chicago-Land area since its founding in 1847.

Find Trusted Coverage and Trace claims

I looked through numerous other articles about the release one from the Smithsonian magazine and the other from American Girl itself confirming the addition of Claudie Wells to the historical doll collection. These extra sources confirm and aid to the claims of the original article mentioned, thus, proving this article to be factual.

Sleeping Spouses: True or False

The Source

After scrolling on a site called The Onion, I came across a study done in Chicago entitled “Study: Married Americans Spend 40 Minutes Each Year Pointing a Gun at Sleeping Spouse.”

Investigate the Source

Never reading an article published by The Onion, I did a search of their other articles and reviews to see if they are credible. I quickly found that The Onion is a well-known satirical and fake news site.

Find Trusted Coverage and Trace claims

With a quick read through the article, I found more false information such as them citing this information to the American Journal of Sociology, a credible, peer-reviewed source based at the University of Chicago. After looking up confirmation to the citation on the journal, no results came up except for The Onion posting the article on their other platforms of social media. This evidently shows that this article is not factual.

The Internet–Who is it made for?

How does openness and accessibility on the internet help people?



Openness makes gathering new information and skills easier for everyone who is searching the web.


This includes having more information available to everyone by sharing one’s knowledge with others in accessible ways. An example of this is sharing tutorials on various topics to show others how the task is completed step-by-step.

This image shows Flamingos at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Illinois. This demonstrates WordPress' openness for sharing images and accessibility through captions and Alt text.
Flamingos at Lincoln Park Zoo – Chicago, IL



Accessibility makes it easier for all types of people to easily access all contents of the internet.


This can be done in numerous ways; some big examples include increasing text sizes in articles and creating search tags for websites, videos, etc, to make them easier to search for.

More Resources

An excellent resource for further discussion on these topics is Brad Frost’s TedTalk, “Creative exhaust, the power of being open by default” (link to YouTube).


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Hello! I am a transfer sophomore majoring in English here at UMW! I plan to work as a writer/editor at a publishing company in the future. I love reading, writing creatively, and listening to music in my free time. I also enjoy watching Studio Ghibli movies; two of my favorite Ghibli movies are Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle.