Co/Lab Blog Posts

Scientists Need Stronger Public Engagement in ‘Post-Truth’ World, Says Former NOAA Administrator

Sayo Akao

May 16, 2018

In a piece published by the American Institute of Physics, Alexis Wolfe provides an analysis of Jane Lubchenco’s continued effort to mend the disconnect between science and society. Lubchenco, who is also the former head of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), recently gave a lecture stressing the importance for the scientific community to adapt […]

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Say Goodbye To The Information Age: It’s All About Reputation Now by Gloria Origgi

Sayo Akao

May 10, 2018

In an article from Fast Company, Gloria Origgi raises questions about how the circulation of information has changed in recent years and what questions individuals should consider regarding others’ news judgment. In this digital age, many people trust gatekeepers of information based on their reputation, which can change how closely each individual actually interacts with […]

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Reports and curated insights from American Press Institute

Sayo Akao

May 1, 2018

We are taking a look at a large selection of reports and curated insights from American Press Institute. The institute helps advance journalism through a combined effort to improve both the journalist’s side and audience’s side. In curating this collection, the institute is extending their efforts to provide resources for educators, news organizations, or general […]

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Transparency: What’s Gone Wrong with Social Media and What Can We Do About It? by Wael Ghonim

Sayo Akao

March 30, 2018

In an article from Harvard’s Shorenstein Center, Entrepreneurship Fellow Wael Ghonim explores social media’s past and the necessary changes for a future in which social media is a “productive, responsible and ethical force.” He breaks down how social media algorithms that focus on engagement can add to misinformation, filter bubbles and easily consumable content, which is […]

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Studies show lack of media literacy in students has negative impact by Laura Splilsbury

Sayo Akao

February 9, 2018

At the basis of media literacy is critical thinking, as can be seen in an article in The Daily Universe from Brigham Young University journalism student Laura Spilsbury. Spilsbury’s analysis of a Stanford study on students’ media literacy in middle school, high school and college provides more insight into different educators’ methods for increasing media […]

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News Literacy: Teaching the Internet Generation to Make Reliable Information Choices by Stony Brook University

Sayo Akao

January 25, 2018

Coming from the Center for Effective Public Management at Brookings is a detailed paper by James Klurfield and Howard Schneider on their experience infusing news literacy into general university education at Stony Brook University and creating the Center for News Literacy. The birth of social media established a new world in which, “all of us […]

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New York Times In Education Instructional Strategy by Barrett Bonella

Sayo Akao

January 1, 2018

Knowing how to properly research is a skill that a journalist picks up over time. Barrett Bonella, a professor at Weber State University, is attempting to teach her students how to become informed consumers in her Social Work Research course. In an entire paper, her students compare a popular scientific finding and a New York […]

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Papers from the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism

Sayo Akao

Stony Brook University gives us selection of papers from a variety of different authors at the Center for News Literacy to expand our knowledge and understanding of news literacy. The research covers the subtle nuances of news literacy globally, in different media realms and in attempting to teach the necessary skill in our modern world. Take […]

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Can News Literacy Be Taught? by John Dyer

Sayo Akao

Journalist John Dyer questions if the difficult skill of news literacy can be taught long term on a broad scale in an article from the Nieman Reports, which features a quote from News Co/Lab founder Eric Newton. Dyer raises the issue of cognitive bias and just how much pure emotion and fixed points of view […]

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News Literacy: What Works And What Doesn’t by Renee Hobbs

Sayo Akao

In a presentation at the 2010 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference, Renee Hobbs offers seven principles meant to “guide the pedagogy of news literacy and offer a critique of other models now emerging in the field.” The unique perspective is a result in part of a university-school partnership program between college […]

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