Let’s talk about why YouTube is NOT a reputable source. . .
A) Because anybody can literally post anything
B.) It’s very easy to manipulate video clips
C) Very few videos include legitimate, unbiased sources
So, to be reputable, here’s what we need: a source with a good reputation, that is legitimate, and that is as unbiased as possible.
Things like scholarly databases (InfoTrac, LexisNexis, etc), educational websites (like those run by universities and colleges), etc.
When questioning whether a source is reputable and legitimate, ask: who owns the website? How long has the website around? What types of content do they regularly publish? What is the focus of the website? Do they cite their resources?
Other things to look at: who’s the author? What are the authors credentials and affiliations? What sources do they cite in their articles? Are their sources up to date? Does the author use good grammar and spelling? Is the writing clear and understandable rather than biased and vague?
And one of the best questions to ask – Are there other reputable sources talking about this subject? Because if not, it’s likely untrue or not factual (i.e. is an opinion as opposed to fact).
It’s not hard to find good, reliable resources. Yes, sometimes you have to dig a little bit. But spreading GOOD information is a helluva lot better than spreading misinformation, no matter how much you want to believe it.