(1) Newsworthiness: Is it the truth? Is it important to the public? What are the consequences if it is made public versus if it is not? Does it afford a continued discourse toward legislation to address the issue(s) according to the concerns raised by the story?

(2) Credibility: Where and how did the story originate? How much of it is opinion versus how much is fact? Is it politically or ideologically motivated, composed by “cherry-picking” facts to serve a political or partisan agenda? Why should we trust the veracity of the story? Is there a moral imperative to the story that supersedes partisanship?

(3) Timeliness: How much impact does the story have on the issue(s) it is concerned with? How much time has elapsed since the story originated versus when it was made public?

(4) Design Quality: How much does the presentation and design of the information make the story easier to understand? Is it interactive? Is it technically competent, without bugs or hindrances to viewing? Does it translate well across different devices? How well does it bypass censorship by governments or other actors?

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