Make the papers safe with journalism warning labels

The more cynical among us would recommend a healthy dose of scepticism when it comes to the British press. If that sounds familiar, then one individual may have created the solution to protecting the masses from sloppy journalism – the journalism warning label.

Tom Scott has been putting his warning labels on copies of free newspapers he finds on the London Underground, warning readers of PR puff, shaky medical claims and appropriately, whether ‘facts’ have been sourced from Wikipedia.

There’s loads of different warnings, all available to download from Scott’s website. Our favourite? Well, this one, obviously:

Download and spread your own warnings from Tom Scott’s website, here.

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