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Could debunking become the newest social media trend?

April 10, 2014

Recent studies show that young people have difficulty distinguishing fact from fiction on the Internet, but this lack of media literacy extends beyond high schoolers. Two bloggers recognize that the reflex to share photoshopped images and other misinformation could have a solution. Adrienne LaFrance and...

Teaching news literacy to students important in the digital era

March 13, 2014

The News Literacy Project posted a piece titled “News Literacy: Critical Thinking Skills for the 21st Century,” which touches on the importance of teaching news literacy to students of the digital era. Students, according to the author, are both digital natives and victims of digital naiveté. ...

Video explores importance of transparency and credibility

March 3, 2014

Alicia Shepard, former NPR ombudsman, recently discussed journalism transparency and credibility for the News Literacy Project. The independent journalist used the fallout from “60 Minutes’” mishandling of a Benghazi-related story from 2012. Through the 15-minute video, Shepard laid out the impor...

A Q&A with the experts

January 30, 2014

News and media literacy aren’t the easiest of topics to wrap your head around. To help you ease your way into the field, we’ve asked the experts some questions that might make the topic a bit simpler to grasp. We also wish to thank them now for their thoughtful responses. Clark Bell, Journalism Program...

New video gives tips for evaluating a report’s credibility

January 23, 2014

The News Literacy Project has posted a new video lesson on its Learn Channel, "A Consumer's Guide to Sourcing in News Reports." In this lesson, Paul Saltzman, assistant managing editor for projects at the Chicago Sun-Times, discusses the various kinds of sourcing and offers helpful guidance for evaluat...

Verification lacking in several recent stories popular on the Web

December 18, 2013

The Center for News Literacy's lesson of the week delves into the topic of verification for online content. Several recent stories that were popular on the Internet turned out to be hoaxes. This resource includes questions to spark discussion in the classroom....

Game-based learning helps teach news literacy in classrooms

December 4, 2013

The Elements of Verification series offers three interactive episodes that help students think critically about decision-making based on news literacy skills. The series was produced in 2011 by the Committee of Concerned Journalists along with the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute and Stony Br...

Valuable resources available on The News Literacy Project’s new site

November 5, 2013

The News Literacy Project, a national nonprofit organization that helps educators teach young people how to evaluate information in the digital age, has just launched a new website with valuable resources that are open to the public. It hosts a digital collection of short news literacy lessons on its Lea...

News literacy sessions in Boston

October 28, 2013

The Journalism Education Association will present four instructional sessions on news literacy made possible by a grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation at the National High School Journalism Convention in Boston. Building on the foundation's definition, “To be news literate is to build knowledge,...

Teaching tool offers tips

October 22, 2013

"Searchlights and Sunglasses" offers a wealth of information about news and media literacy. Look through the new digital book to gather resources for your class. Make sure you check out the "learning layer" activity called "How do you know what to believe?" for specific ideas on how to teach news literacy in your classroom....