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News Literacy

News, media, and information literacy resources for teachers and students.

News Literacy for Students

By now, everyone knows that you shouldn't believe every news item that crosses your feed. You've probably been hearing it all your life!

But how can you tell when you're looking at a misleading meme, satire that looks real, straight-up propaganda, a hoax, or simply an out-of-context news story? How do you know when a video has been doctored, or a photo from three years ago in Italy is labeled as if it's happening in Brooklyn today? How do you know when an opinion piece is dressed up as a news item, and when can you glean valuable information from an opinion piece? How do you know the difference between a disturbing but true story supported with evidence and a baseless conspiracy theory whose only "evidence" is made up or manipulated?

And given how fast new technologies emerge, how can you build a set of skills and lenses that will help you find true information on the next new platform, and the one after that?

 

In this LibGuide, you'll find resources that will help you figure it out.

Use the menu on the left to build your toolbox for figuring out what's true and what isn't. But remember that you are never alone in this effort! Please reach out any time for help in figuring out how to fight the fakes.