MediaWise Voter Project (#MVP)
Teaching first-time voters how to find reliable and accurate information about the 2020 election
Vote based on fact, not fiction! Learn how to fact-check political misinformation before you cast your ballot for the first time.
What you can do
MediaWise Ambassadors are prominent journalists, influencers, and creators who help us raise awareness about media literacy education with Americans of all ages. This year we welcomed YouTube creator Tyler Oakley, Washington Post TikTok creator Dave Jorgenson, anchor of PBS NewsHour Weekend Hari Sreenivasan, and PBS Student Reporting Labs as ambassadors for the MediaWise Voter Project.
This group of 11 engaged first-time voters joined MVP at the start of the year to teach their peers how to fact-check the election. They create social media infographics, spread awareness of the project, and host online media literacy trainings — with more than 75 planned between now and Election Day.
After successfully collaborating on the Navigating Digital Information series, MediaWise partnered with John Green’s production company Complexly again to produce the voter guide series. We are also proud to work with @kalesalad on Instagram (popular meme account with 4 million followers) to create posts that promote media literacy skills ahead of the election. MediaWise also served in an advisory capacity for the production of three videos produced by ATTN:.
Before travel was restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic, MVP held in-person teaching events for University of Iowa students in January 2020, University of New Hampshire students in February 2020, and in New York City for 200 high school students during a youth civic engagement summit in March hosted by WNET, America’s flagship PBS station.
In the news
- The New York Times: Recognize Misinformation on the Internet
- Axios: Facebook, Poynter and ATTN: partner on digital literacy project
- Des Moines Register: Digital info literacy group MediaWise brings info to first-time voters
- Concord Monitor: Concord High juniors learn importance of checking news sites for accuracy
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