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News Literacy

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5 Questions for the future of news literacy

Here’s what’s worth exploring within and beyond the field

News literacy as a field is officially about eight years old. For four of those eight years, it has been... More

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News roundups can be part of a smart media diet

What you should know about ‘everything you need to know’

Each morning around 3:30am, Adeel Hassan and Victoria Shannon start reading and summarizing the day's top news. By 5am, they... More

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What we can learn from Robert McCulloch’s media condemnation

The St. Louis County prosecutor criticized both journalists and the public for failing to practice basic news literacy skills

When Steve Fox's undergraduate news literacy students attended class Tuesday morning at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, they wanted... More

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Engaging News Project works to identify audience behavior

How metrics can help the news literacy movement

Industry conversation over the best ways to quantify reader engagement on news sites may be reaching fever pitch, with a... More

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What does it mean to be news literate and who gets to decide?

By focusing on it as a measurable skill, the need to create one definition is temporarily avoidable

The goal of news literacy is, broadly put, to teach people how to consume news critically so they know when... More

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What’s happening in Hong Kong?

The difficult task of verifying news amidst censorship and social media

"What kind of Communists are these people?!" exclaimed Jon Stewart on the October 6 episode of The Daily Show, pointing... More

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Twitter should ditch its new algorithm and teach news feed building

This could be a huge opportunity for the social product

Last month, Twitter announced plans to roll out a new kind of feed next year that will filter what users... More

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How to teach news literacy when the government is watching

The news literacy movement reaches Vietnam, but not without difficulties

Two years ago, Vietnamese journalist and lecturer Huyen Nguyen went with some colleagues to a news literacy workshop in neighboring... More

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News literacy vs. media literacy

How academics are differentiating critical thinking skills

Three years ago, pioneer media literacy scholar Renee Hobbs published a short critique of what she viewed as troubling trends... More

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How to establish a media diet

Keeping up by slowing down

Earlier this year, I began experimenting with different strategies for stepping outside of the 24-hour news cycle. I was overwhelmed... More

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Premium offerings for reader engagement look an awful lot like news literacy

Readers connect with journalists by paying for behind-the-scenes content

Last week, Slate published a piece [$] called "Skip the Commentary, Find the Reporting," by its national correspondent, William Saletan,... More

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How to check if that viral video is true

Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

When big news breaks, like the Malaysian airline plane crash in eastern Ukraine on Thursday afternoon, news organizations can't say... More

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How to build a healthy news diet

Developers, journalists, and educators are coming together to prototype all sorts of applications to help track consumption, discover news, and make it more relevant

In 2012, developer Clay Johnson published The Information Diet. His premise was simple: Information, like food, impacts our wellbeing as... More

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Annotating the news

Can online annotation tools help us become better news consumers?

Last fall, Thomas Rochowicz, an economics teacher at Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School in New York, asked his seniors to... More

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How algorithms decide the news you see

Past clicks affect future ones

Homepage traffic for news sites continues to decrease. This trend is the result of an "if the news is important,... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


Photojournalism while pregnant (NYT Mag)

“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”

We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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