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News Literacy

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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

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A site that meets all your news needs

The winners of the explanatory news site game will be the ones who design them well

The launch of Vox.com last month shined a spotlight on explanatory journalism--that is, journalism that seeks to contextualize the news... More

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The rise of internet video news

More and more young people get their news from online video, which is not necessarily a bad thing

Most of the discussion of youth news consumption and news literacy--including that of yours truly--focuses on articles and written content.... More

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Falling for internet hoaxes

Some people who share satire don’t realize they’re missing the punchline

There is a certain language that accompanies sharing News of the Weird. Popping into my Facebook feed with some regularity... More

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News literacy goes global

Created in reaction to a distinctly American news media, the discipline is nonetheless gaining steam overseas

News literacy--the discipline that teaches students how to critically engage with the news they consume--grew specifically out of the contemporary... More

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Tabloids in the age of social media

It’s harder to gauge an outlet’s quality in a tweet

Last month the National Enquirer dropped a bombshell report that playwright David Bar Katz, a close friend of the recently... More

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News literacy declines with socioeconomic status

Students from families with a lower socioeconomic status tend to be less confident and capable in navigating the Web to find credible information

Remember the digital divide? It was the next big problem circa 1995. Rich people had computers and Internet access, and... More

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When old stories go viral

The onus is on readers to double check the timestamp on things they share

Earlier this month, many internet users were sharing a year-old Gawker item suggesting New York City might get 30 inches... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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