Category: What We’re Reading

How community engagement translates to success for local news

New Pew research finds news consumers rate their local news outlets higher if they believe the journalists are connected to the community.

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Media literacy, photography skills — not content — matter most when IDing fake images

UC Davis study finds viewers’ digital literacy skills, social media use and digital imaging experience are “significant predictors of image credibility evaluation.”

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News literacy messages can fight social media misinformation

News literacy messages can counteract misinformation and boost positive beliefs of news literacy, but only with multiple messages.

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5 strategies to tell if an image is fake

In a sea of misinformation, it takes a sharp eye to recognize subtle signs of fakery. Luckily, there are ways for you to train yourself to recognize an image that’s been edited to mislead you.

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Is fraudulent news the ‘new normal’?

PEN America addresses how misinformation has — and will — shaped American elections in its newest report, “Truth on the Ballot.”

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How news literacy messages can change the way people seek out news media

Can media literacy education mitigate the effect of selective exposure?

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How relevance shapes the public’s news decisions

A new study from The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism finds relevancy is the key factor in how people choose news stories to read.

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UT Austin study suggests process boxes can boost audience trust

Audiences rated news stories with a box explaining their process as more trustworthy than articles without.

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Flu vaccine myths and misinformation: Don’t spread it in the first place

The spread of flu vaccine misinformation is changing the way we share information.

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College students are skeptical of misinformation

Half of students surveyed said they are not confident in discerning “real news” from “fake news.”

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YouTube series “Navigating Digital Misinformation” teaches teens to be MediaWise

Teens on the internet are susceptible to online misinformation. That’s why MediaWise is teaming up with social media influencers to teach media literacy skills.

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Study: Losing local newspapers leads to more polarized voting

When local newspapers close, people turn to national news sources, which focus more on inter-party conflict and provide a simplified view of political issues.

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