As the technology landscape evolves for young people, so do concerns about the impact it is having on their lives.
A new study finds nearly all education leaders are concerned about “students’ inability to gauge the reliability of online news.”
Americans are less trusting of information when they know where it comes from, a new Knight Foundation study finds.
Media outlets in “news deserts” lack originality, geographic relevance and critical information, according to Duke University research.
Inaccuracy tops people’s concerns about social media, Pew researchers find.
Only 26 percent of U.S. adults could properly distinguish between fact and opinion statements.
The Pro-Truth Pledge project is an effort from a group of behavioral scientists at the University of Pennsylvania and Ohio State University designed to promote integrity when sharing information on social media. In a blog post on The Conversation, Gleb Tsipursky, who is a co-founder of the project, discusses the positive impact from a small
Media Insight Project’s Americans and the News Media: What they do — and don’t — understand about each other
Journalists have an opportunity to improve trust and communication with the American public through “steps such as transparency, labeling, eliminating jargon, and letting the public participate in the news,” according to findings from the Media Insight Project, a collaboration between the American Press Institute and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs. Concurrent surveys of
The purpose of Bad News is to gain a social media following while earning six different badges like Emotion and Impersonation. Once a user sets up a fake account he/she can use bots and memes to reach more followers. The game explains these terms before presenting the options. The game always presents different options and
Data & Society’s latest report underlines how the choices the news media makes on what to cover impact the “amount of oxygen supplied to the falsehoods, antagonisms, and manipulations that threaten to overrun the contemporary media ecosystem.” Digital media scholar Whitney Phillips conducted interviews with a number of journalists to provide a candid insight into the
The disinformation issue is hardly exclusive to the United States. The European Commission recently organized a high-level group to suggest policies and practices to combat fake news. The group delivered a report of both short- and long-term solutions. Anyone thinking about media policy can gain useful information and tactics in this detailed report.
A recent report from the Knight Foundation details the eye-opening results of a study from Data & Society Research Institute on youth news consumption behavior. The study was conducted in mid-2016 and focused on the impact of social media, mobile devices and messaging apps. Through the findings, they were then able to analyze how young
Louise Lief takes a look at a unique commonality between two different worlds – media and science. In a piece on the Trust, Media and Democracy blog from The Knight Commission, Lief highlights the lack of engagement between the scientific community and the public. “The costs to science and society of clinging to inadequate and
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
Journalists can change the way they build stories to create organic news fluency, say American Press Institute’s Tom Rosenstiel and Jane Elizabeth. We agree, of course — and applaud the way they’ve used “news fluency” as an alternative terminology to news literacy. Whereas literacy implies something one can or can’t do, news fluency describes how news users are always
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
Paul Hitlin and Kenneth Olmstead of the Pew Research Center studied the type of information that the 30 largest science-based Facebook pages posted, and found that people are far more likely to see practical tips and promotions than “new developments in the science, engineering and technology world.”
Social Media, Political Polarization, and Political Disinformation: A Review of the Scientific Literature by Hewlett Foundation
In this review of scientific literature, the Hewlett Foundation offers an overview of what is known about the relationship between social media, political polarization and political disinformation, and addresses opportunities to close gaps in the research. The report is a useful tool for researchers, educators and journalism practitioners interested in the intersection of social media,
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.
News Literacy: Teaching the Internet Generation to Make Reliable Information Choices by Stony Brook University
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
Truth Decay, a report from the RAND Corporation, details the “diminishing role of facts and analysis in American public life.” The report identifies and details four trends that contribute to the erosion of civil discourse: increasing disagreement about facts and analytical interpretations of facts and data, a blurring of the line between opinion and fact,
Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone Of Civic Online Reasoning by The Stanford History Education Group
The Stanford History Education Group conducted educational assessments across the country to measure civic online reasoning that found that “young people’s ability to reason about the information on the Internet can be summed up in one word: bleak.” The report provides examples of the assessments used in the study that teachers can replicate as both
PEN America, whose mission is to “unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible,” evaluates the phenomena of fake news and society’s response to it in “Faking News: Fraudulent News and the Fight for Truth.” The report examines the strategies employed by tech giants Facebook, Google
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
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
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
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
MisinfoCon’s detailed blog post by Sarah Morris talks about creating Mission:Information, a foundational news and web literacy curriculum for teens with three interactive, foundational lessons. The goal is to address misinformation by educating youth on how to be informed participants in online news spaces. If you are a youth educator, this curriculum is perfect to implement