Triangulating evidence in your news is one way in which you can fact check breaking reports from the press.
When an event breaks choose at least three trustworthy professional outlets for journalism. The BBC, Washington Post, and New York Times all follow strict Journalism Code of Ethics. Look up the reporting on the event in three sites to see what evidence is repeated in each. For further vetting, wait twenty four hours after the event and repeat the triangulating exercise.
Identify emotions attached to topic.
Find unbiased reference sources for proper review of topic. (Go to Credo Reference.)
Intellectual courage to seek authoritative voices on topic that may be outside of thesis.
Authority established. Does the author have education and experience in that field?
Purpose/Point of view of source. Does the author have an agenda beyond education or information?
Publisher? Does the publisher have an agenda?
List of sources (bibliography). Is the evidence sound?
Year of publication. Does the year of publication effect the information?