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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

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news


The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”

Bloggingheads

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

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