This is National News Literacy Week, sponsored by the News Literacy Project. “News literacy is the ability to determine the credibility of news and other content, to identify different types of information, and to use the standards of authoritative, fact-based journalism to determine what to trust, share and act on. Being news-literate also means recognizing the critical role of the First Amendment and a free press in a democracy and interacting with news and other information in ways that promote engaged participation in civic life.“
Plan to attend our last event in the Fake News series. Facilitated by Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood, GRCC adjunct journalism professor, Collegiate Advisor & Former MLive reporter, a panel of journalists in various points of their careers will discuss our changing media landscape and the effects of fake news on the journalism industry.
Plan to attend the next program in the Combating Fake News series when Paul Levinson will discuss his book Fake News In Real Context. Dr. Levinson will sign copies of his book after the presentation; the LLC has complimentary book copies for GRCC students, faculty and staff (while supplies last) available at the Circulation Desk. See our Fake News Subject Guide for more information.
How to Recognize Fake News is new to GRCC’s streaming video collection. Think of fake news as a disease. Without knowing how to identify and stop its spread, information literacy is at risk, especially among audiences whose critical thinking skills are vulnerable. This video series equips viewers with tools to spot the stories and images that are false, biased, altered or slanted, even those shared by trusted friends or family. Easy tips to detect and check fake news will encourage scrutinizing material for opinion, inaccuracy or misrepresentation. Target audiences learn how to avoid being duped by fake news and may be less quick to click until they know what’s real and what’s not.
“Experts are evenly split on whether the coming decade will see a reduction in false and misleading narratives online. Those forecasting improvement place their hopes in technological fixes and in societal solutions. Others think the dark side of human nature is aided more than stifled by technology.” See the Pew Research Center website for their recently published study that is well-worth reading.
Mark your calendar for the next event in the Campus Common Readings’ programming on “Combatting “Fake News.”” “Fake News, Lies, and Propaganda: How to Sort Fact from Fiction” will be Jo Angela Oehrli’s topic on Wednesday, February 28 from 1-2:30 PM, on the LLC’s second floor.