NewsGuard: a free news literacy resource

Why do educators, librarians, and parents turn to NewsGuard as a news literacy resource?

  1. It’s the only tool that provides extensive background information about news sources and their reliability
  2. Compared to alternatives like Wikipedia, NewsGuard provides information based on standard journalistic criteria of credibility and transparency
  3. It’s free (with the support of Microsoft’s Defending Democracy Program)
  4. It never collects personal information
  5. It’s a transparent solution to misinformation based on fully disclosed processes — not censorship or opaque algorithms

From K-12 teachers to university professors, educators at all levels use NewsGuard to teach news literacy and help students conduct online research

Educators use NewsGuard with a range of students — including middle school, high school, and university-level students, in diverse subjects including civics, English, history, and journalism.

What educators say about NewsGuard:

“We had done a small unit on fake news in the past, but the three visiting educators from NewsGuard hit it out of the park! They are real journalists, working in the real world, and our high school students were really taken with all of the work they do behind the scenes to determine the accuracy and ethics of websites from around the world. We are already excited for them to come back next year!”

Leslie Gallagher, high school librarian, New York City

“My students came away from their experience with News Guard as savvier consumers of digital content.”

Craig Matters, media literacy and journalism instructor, North Star Academy

Download our Guide for Educators, created in collaboration with Stony Brook University’s Center for News Literacy, which contains a news literacy lesson plan, 10 suggested exercises, and reference information to guide your students in using NewsGuard.


Libraries across the U.S. and U.K. have installed NewsGuard on their computers to provide patrons with more context for the information they see online

600+ libraries

From Long Island, New York to Toledo, Ohio to Honolulu, Hawaii, more than 600 libraries across the U.S. and Europe use NewsGuard as a news literacy tool and research reference. And the list is growing rapidly.

Public and academic libraries install NewsGuard on library computers and distribute information about NewsGuard, arming their patrons with a research tool to help them sift through online information. Libraries can choose to become an official NewsGuard library partner, or simply distribute NewsGuard as a resource.

Featured library partner:

“Libraries are a connector of people to information. We try to provide the best and most accurate information. NewsGuard helps us, at a glance, to see if the source is credible.”

Andy Lechlak, Digital Strategist at Toledo Lucas County Public Library

What librarians are saying about NewsGuard:

“We are delighted to recommend the NewsGuard initiative to users of libraries across the UK. The unique alerts provided by NewsGuard to the provenance of news websites means that all computer users can be fully informed about the accuracy and source of the information they are reading, enabling them to take their own view about what they are reading. We hope both public and school libraries will see the benefits of offering NewsGuard on networked computers as well as encouraging individuals to add NewsGuard to their own devices.”

Stella Thebridge, chair of the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians

“Libraries play a critical role in helping people access good quality information they can assess and trust. Adding NewsGuard to library computers will provide us with a really useful tool to play a strong role in a media literacy campaign outlined in the recent Online Harms White Paper.”

Isobel Hunter, Chief Executive, Libraries Connected

“Adding this service on computers used by our library patrons continues the long
tradition of librarians arming readers with more information about what they are reading.”

Hawaii State Librarian Stacey Aldrich

Hawaii State Public Library System
Toledo Lucas County Public Library

Parents install NewsGuard’s free browser extension to help their children steer clear of
misinformation while learning more about their sources of online information

Parents have long been concerned about protecting their children from violent and inappropriate online content. And with the recent proliferation of fake news websites and hoax articles, misinformation poses a new threat to young internet users. Installing NewsGuard onto a family computer browser helps children hesitate to rely on false and deceptive information online, instead pointing them toward websites on which they can generally rely.


NewsGuard collaborates with media literacy organizations to improve its news literacy offerings

Dozens of organizations exist with the same goal as NewsGuard: spreading news literacy to youth and adults alike. By partnering with other leaders in the media literacy sphere, NewsGuard is able to broaden its reach and expand its offerings.

Stony Brook University Center for News Literacy
National Association for Media Literacy Education
In The News

Illinois library director among global soldiers fighting ‘fake news’

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Check Your Facts: Libraries use tech tools to fight fake news

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Fake news or legit? Richland County Library System offers new vetting system

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Toledo Lucas County Installs News Literacy Browser Extension

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NewsGuard participates in events and conferences centered around news literacy, libraries, and education

Meet a representative of NewsGuard at an upcoming event.


News Engagement Day
Oct. 2, 2018
Media Literacy Week
Nov. 5 – 9, 2018
Reuters x NAML
New York, NY
Nov. 9, 2018
Northeast Regional Media Literacy Conference
Providence, RI
Nov. 10, 2018
Credibility Coalition’s CredCon
Austin, TX
Nov. 16 – 18, 2018
98th NCSS Annual Conference
Chicago, IL
Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, 2018
Global Editors Network: Media Literacy Toolkit Unconference
Vienna, Austria
Jan. 23, 2019
American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter 2019
Seattle, WA
Jan. 25 – 29, 2019
Stirling, Scotland
Jan. 31, 2019
International Critical Media Literacy Conference
Savannah, GA
Feb. 22 – 23, 2019
Spring National High School Journalism Convention
Anaheim, CA
Apr. 25 – 27, 2019
Connecticut Library Association Annual Conference
Groton, CT
April 29 – 30, 2019
Fact or Fiction: Which Websites Can You Trust?
Chicago Area Writing Project fundraiser featuring NewsGuard
Chicago, IL
June 1, 2019
Sacred Heart University Media Exchange 2019 / WSHU
Fairfield, CT
June 6, 2019
American Library Association Annual Conference 2019
Washington D.C.
June 20 – 25, 2019
National Association for Media Literacy Education 2019 Conference
Washington D.C.
June 26 – 28, 2019
The Association for Rural & Small Libraries Annual Conference
Burlington, VT
Sep. 5 – 7, 2019
Webinar for educators and librarians interested in learning more about NewsGuard’s news literacy resources
September 17, 2019 2pm-3pm ET
Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference
Prior Lake, MN
Sept. 19 – 20, 2019
Illinois Library Association Conference
Tinley Park, IL
Oct. 22 – 24, 2019
Chicago Foundation for Education Teacher Workshop
Chicago, IL
Oct. 26, 2019
Literacy Works Training: Intro to Media Literacy
Chicago, IL
Oct. 28, 2019
Chicago Foundation for Education Teacher Workshop
Chicago, IL
Nov. 11, 2019
NYLA Annual Conference and Trade Show
Saratoga Springs, NY
Nov. 13 – 16, 2019
Writing from Multiple Sources – Chicago Area Writing Project featuring NewsGuard
Chicago, IL
Jan. 24, 2020