news literacy

Poynter Results

  • Fact-Checking


    Want to be a better online sleuth? Learn to read webpages like a fact-checker.

    Read less, learn more.

    It sounds counterintuitive, but that’s the Spark Notes of a new study on how someone’s reading style online affects whether or not they fall for fake news.

    The study, conducted by researchers at Stanford University, monitored a group of 45 Ph.D. historians, professional fact-checkers and undergraduates as they searched websites for information on political issues. It may not be surprising that  fact-checkers performed the best — but the reason why they did so might be.

  • Tips/Training


    6 questions to help you evaluate media messages

    Every time you watch TV, listen to radio, open a web site or read a newspaper, magazine or book, someone is trying to tell — or sell — you something. The best way to achieve media literacy is to evaluate all the messages that bombard you. Ask these questions to understand the message:

    Who created, or paid for, the message? The company, group or institution that creates a media message or that pays for the creation of a message has a reason or motive.

  • Tips/Training


    9 questions for your credibility checklist

    When you publish content, whether it's a news story, blog item, tweet or Facebook post, your credibility is at stake. To ensure what you publish is fair, accurate and complete, ask the following questions:

  • Tips/Training


    9 questions that help you verify information

    If you're publishing content, you have a responsibility to verify your information before you share it with others.

    But you don't have to be cynical and assume everything is wrong.

    Try being skeptical instead. Skepticism leads to better questions. It is the product of curiosity and critical thinking.

    Some of the best questions to ask before publishing information include:

  • Tips/Training


    9 questions to help you evaluate the credibility of news sources

    Whether you're covering the news or reading/watching/hearing it, the credibility of your sources is key to evaluating the information. Do you trust the sources? Are there enough sources? Enough knowledgeable sources? Are all the questions answered? Is the news credible enough?

    Here are questions you should ask in evaluating the sources used in information you read, see and hear:

  • Tips/Training


    How to tell news from advertising, publicity and more

    Sorting through a daily flood of information to find news can present quite a challenge. Information can appear in print, on a website, in an audio or video package or on social media. Investigative reports, entertainment, propaganda and advertising can be presented in feature-length films.

    Here are some ways to put information into meaningful categories that will help you make sense of what you read, watch and hear.

  • Article

    How two products for kids teach news literacy by understanding audience needs

    John Carroll, former editor of The Los Angeles Times, summed up the way he and many journalists tend to worry about the future on day one of the News Literacy Summit in Chicago: "If the old media fail, who will supply the journalism that the nation needs?"

    But now Carroll is chair of the News Literacy Project, and the question he thinks about is different: "What about demand?"

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