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Social media use is evolving for a new generation of teens

Social media use is evolving for a new generation of teens

As the technology landscape evolves for young people, so do concerns about the impact it is having on their lives.

Educators unsure: Can students identify fake news?

Educators unsure: Can students identify fake news?

A new study finds nearly all education leaders are concerned about “students’ inability to gauge the reliability of online news.”

How media brands affect people’s trust in news

How media brands affect people’s trust in news

Americans are less trusting of information when they know where it comes from, a new Knight Foundation study finds.

Study: Local news in small communities is suffering

Study: Local news in small communities is suffering

Media outlets in “news deserts” lack originality, geographic relevance and critical information, according to Duke University research.

Social media: Changing the way news is consumed

Social media: Changing the way news is consumed

Inaccuracy tops people’s concerns about social media, Pew researchers find.

Americans have trouble differing fact from opinion, Pew reports

Americans have trouble differing fact from opinion, Pew reports

Only 26 percent of U.S. adults could properly distinguish between fact and opinion statements.

War On Fake News & The Help of Behavioral Science by Gleb Tsipursky

War On Fake News & The Help of Behavioral Science by Gleb Tsipursky

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

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

News games: engaging tools for fighting misinformation

News games: engaging tools for fighting misinformation

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

The Oxygen of Amplification by Whitney Philips

The Oxygen of Amplification by Whitney Philips

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

Tackling Online Disinformation: A European Approach

Tackling Online Disinformation: A European Approach

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.

How Youth Navigate The News Landscape from the Knight Foundation

How Youth Navigate The News Landscape from the Knight Foundation

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

Science’s Trust Problem by Louise Lief

Science’s Trust Problem by Louise Lief

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

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

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

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

API report calls for journalists’ help in improving “news fluency”

API report calls for journalists’ help in improving “news fluency”

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

Reports and curated insights from American Press Institute

Reports and curated insights from American Press Institute

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

The Science People See on Social Media by Pew Research Center

The Science People See on Social Media by Pew Research Center

  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

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,

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

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

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

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 by RAND Corporation

Truth Decay by RAND Corporation

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

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

Faking News: Fraudulent News and the Fight for Truth by PEN America

Faking News: Fraudulent News and the Fight for Truth by PEN America

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

New York Times In Education Instructional Strategy by Barrett Bonella

New York Times In Education Instructional Strategy by Barrett Bonella

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

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

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

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

Can News Literacy Be Taught? by John Dyer

Can News Literacy Be Taught? by John Dyer

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

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

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

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

Mission:Information–Tackling Misinformation with News Literacy Curriculum by Sarah Morris

Mission:Information–Tackling Misinformation with News Literacy Curriculum by Sarah Morris

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