Staff members Lorenzo Gomez, Barb Mason, and Kellie Piekutowski attended NewsLitCamp at the Daily Herald on April 18. Here are some of their takeaways.
Information. It’s the “very building blocks of civics – the basis for the decisions we make. And these decisions are the basis of our actions.”
Spoken by Peter Adams of the News Literacy Project during NewsLitCamp, this notion might be overwhelming to educators, the adults who are responsible for helping students sift through all of that information, both the real and the fake. It’s certainly overwhelming to me. How could it not be?
As Adams pointed out, we live in a world in which citizens can dabble in tweet generators to pose as @realDonaldTrump, @KimKardashian, or anyone for that matter. A world in which reputable organizations, such as PolitiFact, confuse visitors by permitting native advertising, ads bearing the appearance of news content, on their sites. A world of engagement bait social media accounts, which exist only for the purpose of earning ad revenue. A world where citizens may download free prank news apps to their devices to change the headlines of actual pieces of journalism to share via social media, “polluting the national news,” Adams said.
Slide by slide, Adams showed NewsLitCamp attendees real examples of tweets relaying misinformation. View his resources here. The problem with all of this is, he said, “People vote.” As educators, we need to help students fight the fake. Here are several ideas and/or resources educators can use right now to prepare students for what they face:
Please let Barb, Lorenzo, or me know if you would like more information about our experience and/or any of these resources.
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