Findings suggest that a high "need for affect" (NFA), or desire for strong emotions, can mislead readers into thinking they learned more than they actually did.
Using outrage as a draw reduces credibility and audience trust, according to new research from the University of Texas at Austin.
New Pew research finds news consumers rate their local news outlets higher if they believe the journalists are connected to the community.
UC Davis study finds viewers’ digital literacy skills, social media use and digital imaging experience are “significant predictors of image credibility evaluation.”
News literacy messages can counteract misinformation and boost positive beliefs of news literacy, but only with multiple messages.
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.
PEN America addresses how misinformation has — and will — shaped American elections in its newest report, “Truth on the Ballot.”
Can media literacy education mitigate the effect of selective exposure?
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.
Audiences rated news stories with a box explaining their process as more trustworthy than articles without.
The spread of flu vaccine misinformation is changing the way we share information.
Half of students surveyed said they are not confident in discerning “real news” from “fake news.”
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.
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.
A new UT Austin study suggests journalists should ensure the discussions in their comment sections are civil in order to retain new readers and keep their trust.
Altered photos and videos have become almost impossible detect with the human eye. These nine resources can help us recognize fake content on the internet.
Stop the spread of misinformation with these tools, from stance detection code to fact-checking websites, to identify fake news.
A Nature Communications study found bots were responsible for 34 percent of all shared articles from non-credible sources.
Tabloid news has a higher reach amongst low-income individuals, suggesting misinformation disproportionately affects poorer people.
A new study finds Australians want their news to be accurate and objective, not necessarily friendly and accessible.
We compiled a list of nine useful acronyms and easy-to-remember questions that make media literacy easy.
Knight research finds 6.6 million tweets linked to fake and conspiracy news publishers in the month before the 2016 election.
We outline six resources for educators to teach their students media literacy skills. Step into the virtual classroom to guide the digital citizens of the future.
A new study finds nearly half of U.K. smart speaker owners use the news function daily, but only 1 percent find it the most important feature.
Newsrooms should become more authentic, diverse and positive to gain the public's trust, according to community conversations.
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.
Gleb Tsipursky, co-founder of the Pro-Truth Pledge project, details 12 small efforts to help steer people to act honestly on social media.
Media Insight Project’s Americans and the News Media: What they do — and don’t — understand about each other
The public believes the current media landscape is dominated by opinion, and that journalists have low expectations of their audiences' knowledge of how news works.
These five entertaining games teach media literacy skills in a fun and playable format.
"At a certain point you have to realize you're promoting them." Whitney Philips discusses the best way to report on extremists, antagonists and manipulators who spread misinformation online.
The High Level Expert Group on Fake News and Online Disinformation says the way to fight fake news is to enhance transparency, promote media literacy and continue research.
Young people in general consume news sporadically, think traditional news sources are biased and feel responsible for verifying the information they consume.
In 2018, 84 percent of Americans could not name a living scientists. Scientists, like journalists, must find a better way to connect with the public.
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
Transparency can no longer be a choice for social media platforms, the Shorenstein Center argues. That boils down to companies sharing more data with the public.
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