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Be Credible

(5 reviews)

Peter Bobkowski

Karna Younger

Copyright Year: 2018

Publisher: Peter Bobkowski and Karna Younger

Language: English

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Reviewed by Louanne Saraga-Walters, Adjunct Professor, Metropolitan State University of Denver on 3/14/23

This book is a comprehensive tool to guide students in understanding the process of researching facts and discovering information. It offers guidance on where and how to find information across platforms (nonprofits, corporations, public records,... read more

Reviewed by Trumaine Becoat-Wade, Assistant Director of Intramural Sports & Recreation, Radford University on 2/22/22

The text covers all areas and ideas and gives you even more than expected. Great and easy read! read more

Reviewed by Alicia Mason, Professor, Pittsburg State University on 5/14/21

Excellent. Clear in aim and purpose. read more

Reviewed by Mary Jo Shafer, Adjunct instructor, Northern Essex Community College on 6/25/20

This book would be appropriate for a journalism course or for any course with a focus on information literacy, including English composition. It seems to be quite comprehensive in its discussion of the various forms of information and how to weigh... read more

Reviewed by Stephen Siff, Associate Professor, Miami University on 1/27/20

Be Credible would be a good companion text to a mid-level undergraduate course on research methods (or "information gathering," as it was called at my institution) for journalists and communication professionals. It covers primarily on-line... read more

Table of Contents

I. Information Workflow

  • 1. Be Credible
  • 2. Search and Re-Search
  • 3. Search More Effectively
  • 4. Keep Detailed Research Notes
  • 5. Attribute All Sources

II. Evaluating Information

  • 6. Evaluate Information Vigorously
  • 7. Go Lateral With Cues and Evidence
  • 8. Tap Into a Credibility Network
  • 9. Contend With Bias

III. Information Sources

  • 10. Google
  • 11. Wikipedia
  • 12. Public Records
  • 13. Open Records and the Freedom of Information
  • 14. News
  • 15. Nonprofits
  • 16. Scholarly Research
  • 17. Data
  • 18. Market Research
  • 19. Public Companies
  • 20. Archives
  • 21. Interviews: An Introduction
  • 22. Interviews: Conversations with Risk
  • 23. Licensing Published Work

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About the Book

The primary audience for this book starts with students in Journalism 302: Infomania, a course we teach at the University of Kansas. When they take this class, these students usually are in their second or third semesters in the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications. They have varied career aspirations. A few of them want to be “traditional” journalists, writing for online news sites, magazines, or newspapers. Some of them want to be broadcast journalists. Many of them want to work in strategic communications, which encompasses public relations, advertising, marketing, and related fields.

About the Contributors


Peter Bobkowski, University of Kansas

Karna Younger, University of Kansas

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