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Stony Brook University

JRN 105: The Mind of a Reporter: Evaluating Websites

Resources for student journalists in JRN 105

Evaluating Information

A Note About .ORG Sites

Remember unlike .EDU or .GOV, a .ORG domain has no restrictions on registration. That means anyone can register a website with a URL ending in .ORG. Keep that in mind when evaluating information contained on .ORG sites. Many .ORG sites are used by reputable, non-profit organizations but .ORG doesn't necessarily indicate that the site is for a non-profit organization or that the information presented is reliable. If you're not sure if the site is run by a legitimate organization, do a little research.

If you want to check it out for yourself, go to or another domain registration site and see if is available for purchase.

Examples Used in Class

The following examples were used during class to illustrate potential problems with .org sites. Keep in mind that you should always be thinking "who is publshing this material?" If you are not familiar with a particular organization, do a Google search on the organization name and see if you can find more information.