Stony Brook University in New York teaches a course in “news literacy” to students based on the idea that “every student in America should acquire the critical thinking skills of a journalist.”
Why would anyone prize the skill set that comes with a job that just edged out lumberjack in a recent report on desirable careers?
“The reason is simple,” James Klurfeld and Howard Schneider write in a new paper published by the Brookings Institution Wednesday:
In the Digital Age, the ultimate check against the spread of rumor, pernicious falsehood, disinformation, and unverified reports masquerading as fact, will never be just more and better-trained journalists and professional gatekeepers. Instead, it will require a generation of astutely educated news consumers, as well as native producers and distributors, who will learn to be their own editors and identify for themselves fact-and- evidence-based news and information.
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Schneider, a former editor of Newsday and the dean of Stony Brook’s J-school, was “taken aback” when he found out how few students had received an H1N1 vaccine after the school recommended it in 2009. Read more