Regional online media outlets were being analyzed for adherence to standard of accuracy in the news.
The monitoring was conducted since June 4, 2018.
Sources of information were analyzed in first 100 news of the newsfeed of each media outlet without taking into account op-ed & analytical materials or investigations, and also, of materials with features suggesting they were commissioned, the format of which was not news.
The news were analyzed based on the following indicators:
Indicator 1. Reference to source of information: identified source of information – non-identified source of information.
Indicator 2. Identified source of information – dubious source of information
Indicator 3. Identified source of information: anonymous source of information
Reliable sources of information included: self-references or references to official sources of information identified in the text, including references to reliable mass media, verified accounts in social networks, etc.
Dubious information sources – sources where it is impossible to confirm if the journalists were present at the location of the event (in case of a self-reference), generalized references to «social networks», «eyewitnesses», «medics», «experts», «people», etc.
Anonymous sources – were identified when source was reported as anonymous in the news, using a phrase like «from our/our own sources», «… did not wish to be named», etc.
News without identified sources – when it is impossible to tell from the text of the news what was the source based on which the main fact of the news report was written.
The monitoring was conducted in the following mass media:
VINNYTSIA: Vinnytski REALiyi (real-vin.com), 20 khvylyn/RIA (vn.20minut.ua), Vezha (vezha.vn.ua), IA Vlasno (vlasno.info), Channel 33 (http://33kanal.com/)
DNIPRO: Informator (dp.informator.ua), Dneprovskiy gorodskoy site (gorod.dp.ua), Dnepr info (dnepr.info), V gorode (dp.vgorode.ua), 056.ua (056.ua)
UZHHOROD: KarpatNews (karpatnews.in.ua), First Cable (pershij.com.ua), Zakarpattya-online (zakarpattya.net.ua), Holos Karpat Карпат (goloskarpat.info), Mukachevo.net (www.mukachevo.net)
ZAPORIZHZHYA: 061.ua (061.ua), Zabor (zabor.zp.ua), Reporter Zaporozhya (reporter-ua.com), Forpost (forpost.media), IpNews (www.ipnews.in.ua)
KROPYVNYTSKYI: Hrechka (gre4ka.info), Tochka dostupu (dostyp.com.ua), Persha elektronna hazeta/ First Electronic Newspaper (persha.kr.ua), Central Ukrainian News Bureau (cbn.com.ua), Bez Kupiur (www.kypur.net)
MARIUPOL: 0629.com.ua (www.0629.com.ua/news), Mariupol city (mrpl.city/news), Novosti Donbassa (novosti.dn.ua/news), Mariupol-tv, website (mariupol.tv/mariupol/), Mariupolnews (mariupolnews.com.ua/news/mariupol)
ODESA: Dumska (dumskaya.net), .048 (www.048.ua), USI (usionline.com), Trassa-Е95 (trassae95.com), Odesskaya zhyzn (odessa-life.od.ua)
POLTAVA: IV «Полтавщина» (poltava.to), Kolo (kolo.news), OKIA «News of Poltava Region (np.pl.ua), Hromadske.Poltava (hromadske.poltava.ua), Poltava365 (poltava365.com)
KHARKIV: ATN (atn.ua), Status Quo – Kharkovskiye Novosti (www.sq.com.ua), Glavnoye: novosti i analitika (glavnoe.ua), Horod Х (gx.net.ua), KHARKIV Today (2day.kh.ua)