What Caught My Eye
My First Reaction
Step 1: Run My Own Mental Filters
Who, What, When, Where, How, and Why
I need to know these things to have confidence in the information I'm getting. Who wants me to know this? What do they want me to know about it? When did this happen, and where? How did the source I'm looking at get this information? Why do they care if I know whatever they're telling me? In the course of asking these questions, I also usually find out if a story is true or not.