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Media & News Literacy
Learn how to identify truthfulness in everyday news stories, especially on social media.
Books from our Professional Collection
Becoming a Media Mentor by
In a time of rapidly changing technologies, the role of the youth services librarian has expanded to include the realm of digital media. Supporting children's literacy now means serving as a media mentor. This book empowers youth services staff to confidently assist families and caregivers as they navigate the digital world, guiding them towards digital media experiences that will translate into positive and productive lifelong learning skills, regardless of format. Melding the latest research and key messages from a variety of experts with replicable examples, this book defines what it means to be a media mentor, providing historical background and context; outlines three types of media mentorship: media advisory, programming, and access to curated media; outlines the implications of media mentorship in libraries, focusing on a shift from the notion of "screen time" to "healthy media decisions"; draws on detailed case studies from a wide variety of libraries and community partnerships to showcase inspiring media mentorship in action with ages 0-14; provides guidelines for working with diverse families and caregivers; and explores management issues around media mentorship, ALSC competencies, suggestions of additional resources, and professional development. Guiding children's librarians to define, solidify, and refine their roles as media mentors, this book in turn will help facilitate digital literacy for children and families.
Publication Date: 2016-08-01
Presentation by Kimberly Moore on "Fake News and Post Truth: News Literacy in Today's Digital World"
With lots of specific tools that Kim uses in her classroom. Prepared for Computers in Libraries conference, 2019.
A free news literacy browser extension that rates trustworthiness: "if a [news] website is trying to get it right or instead has a hidden agenda or knowingly publishes falsehoods or propaganda."
A news- and media-literacy learning platform for grades 7-12 created by the News Literacy Project. The free, basic version is designed to be projected in front of the class and directed by the teacher.
Learn about media bias and balanced searching from AllSides, which presents articles from liberal, centrist, and conservative sources. There's a special version for schools
Reverse Image Search from Google
Upload a photo from your desktop computer to Google Images, and it will show you related images used on other websites and different sizes of the same photo. The version for mobile devices is at https://reverse.photos
Reverse Image Search from TinEye
Upload an image or enter the URL; sort the results to find the oldest version of the image online.
Photo Tampering from Izitru
See examples of manipulated photos from the 1800s to 2016.
Guides for Verifying Photos and Videos
From First Draft, "an open-access site that provides practical and ethical guidance in how to find, verify and publish content sourced from the social web."
The classic fact-checking source dating back to 1994.
"A nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases."
Check out the Truth-O-Meter and Flip-O-Meter ratings.
To check how long a website has been publishing: https://web.archive.org
To check who owns a website: https://who.is
My Pop Studio
A free online game that introduces children ages 9-14 to digital and media literacy, strengthening critical thinking skills about television, music, magazines and online media directed at girls.
A simple game in which players determine if stories are real or fake, with game levels for middle school through college. More info from an NPR story.
Still in development, with a launch planned for Fall 2019.
Get Smart About News
Short activities, engaging quizzes and shareable graphics from the News Literacy Project.
A game app from the News Literacy Project that helps players distinguish between news, opinion, personal endorsements, and ads.
From Canada. Players decide how reliable a story is and how to respond to it. Learn more.
From Europe. Players take on the role of fake news-monger. Drop all pretense of ethics!
Media Literacy Mission
Developed for use in the Ukraine. Ages 18+.
Trust, Facts & Democracy: How Libraries Fit into the Biggest Issues of These Times.
Presentation by Lee Rainie, Director of Internet and Technology Research, Pew Research Center, for the 2019 Computers in Libraries Conference. LOTS of great statistics. Visit www.pewinternet.org
for even more relevant research.
Webjunction webinar on "Is That Real? A Crash Course in Verifying Online Content"
This free recording is a great How To demonstration, led by instructors from the News Literacy Project.
Programming Librarian blog entry on "Confirmation Bias & Information Literacy: Resources for Young People"
By Donna Mignardi and Jennifer Sturge, Calvert County Public Schools, Prince Frederick, MD, with links to additional Fake News resources.
Media Literacy @ Your Library from ALA
See info about a prototype project from ALA to provide training on media literacy for librarians (stay tuned for updates from ALA), and view the Learning and Prototyping Report,
published at the end of the project.
Media Lit One Sheet from NAMLE
To help you explain the importance of media literacy.
Infographic: How To Spot Fake News
From IFLA, with translations in MANY different languages.
Send us more tools, tips, and tricks!
Do you have a favorite resource or tip for teaching Media and News Literacy? Please share it with us! email@example.com
Media Literacy Weeks
Digital Citizenship Week is October 14-18, 2019 (the
Media Literacy Week is held from October 21-25 each year to bring attention and visibility to media literacy education in the United States. Download the MLW Toolkit with info, graphics, memes, FAQs, core messages, and more.
In the US,
Global Media and Information Literacy Week, sponsored by UNESCO, will be held from October 24-31, 2019.
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