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Misinformation and Resources for Media Literacy Programming: Home
This guide was originally created by Jack Kovaleski of the Alaska State Library for the 2021 Alaska Library Association conference. Questions or comments about this guide can be directed to Daniel Cornwall as of 7/26/21.
The Information Ecosystem
The internet is a ubiquitous information channel. Everyday we participate in an information ecosystem of reading, viewing, listening, and sharing. Just like masks and handwashing are tools to prevent the spread of infection, media literacy provides a means by which we can become aware of the harmful affects of misinformation and to make informed decisions around it. The purpose of this guide is to provide resources for programming that empowers patrons to engage critically with information online.
Talk of so-called fake news, what it is and what it isn't, is front and center across the media landscape, with new calls for the public to acquire appropriate research and evaluation skills and become more information savvy. But none of this is new for librarians and information professionals, particularly for those who teach information literacy. Cooke, a Library Journal Mover & Shaker, believes that the current situation represents a golden opportunity for librarians to impart these important skills to patrons, regardless of their age or experience. In this Special Report, she demonstrates how. Readers will learn more about the rise of fake news, particularly those information behaviors that have perpetuated its spread; discover techniques to identify fake news, especially online; and explore methods to help library patrons of all ages think critically about information, teaching them ways to separate fact from fiction. Information literacy is a key skill for all news consumers, and this Special Report shows how librarians can make a difference by helping patrons identify misinformation.
This guide includes suggestions for talking to loved ones who share misinformation. From the website: Misinformation and disinformation (MDI) presents a challenge to American and other democracies. In this guide, you’ll learn what MDI is, and how to protect yourself, your children, and your loved ones. In addition, we provide resources on fact-checking, prevention and reporting misinformation.
Interactive journalism game created by American University Game Lab where the user selects whether an article is real or fake based on an excerpt and source citation. It's designed for middle school, high school, and college age groups.
Resource created by The Markup which compares American Facebook feeds. This tool uses data from their Citizen Browser project, a nationwide panel of more than 2,500 Facebook users who shared their news feed data with the project.
Resource created by the Wall Street Journal which presents two Facebook feeds side by side. The "red" feed compiles articles labeled as "very conservatively aligned" in a 2015 Facebook study. The "blue" feed compiles articles labeled as "very liberal."
In this webinar by Programming Librarian, participants will learn about the rise of fake news, particularly those information behaviors that perpetuate its spread; learn ways to identify fake news; and explore methods to help library patrons identify fake news.
Though media literacy and information literacy are intertwined, there are important differences; and there has never been a more urgent need for an incisive examination of the crucial role librarians and other educators can play in teaching the skills necessary to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media. Media literate youth and adults are better able to understand the complex messages emanating from television, movies, radio, the internet, news outlets, magazines, books, billboards, video games, music, and all other forms of media. In this book, international expert De Abreu melds advice from a diverse array of practitioners and subject experts with her own research findings to examine how consuming media and technology impacts the learning of K-12 students, tackling such paramount issues as fake news/alternative facts; critical thinking digital literacy and digital citizenship; social inclusion and equity; global interconnectivity; and social justice and advocacy. Inside, readers will find a wealth of intelligently crafted, ready-to-use lesson plans and activities designed to help promote critical thinking skills for K-12 students, making this a perfect teaching resource for school and public librarians, educators, and literacy instructors. Each group of lesson plans is prefaced by a well-informed and insightful discussion of the concept at hand along with guidance on how to best use the lesson plans, which can be freely adapted to any setting.
Resource by the News Literacy Project featuring interactive lessons that help students identify credible information, seek out reliable sources, and apply critical thinking skills to separate fact-based content from falsehoods. This is a free resources with separate portals for educators and students.
Open access curriculum published by UNESCO featuring three interrelated thematic areas, including knowledge and understanding of media and information for democratic discourses and social participation; evaluation of media texts and information sources; and production and use of media and information.
Learning framework created by Learning for Justice which offers seven key areas in which students need support developing digital and civic literacy skills. Each key area features lesson plans for grade levels 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
Series by The International Research & Exchanges Board and The Great Courses, available on Kanopy. This series leads the viewer step by step through the history, evolution, science, and impact of misinformation, and arms them with the very skills needed to defuse the threat of misinformation media and become a more savvy media consumer. NOTE: May require a subscription.
Guide created by ALA which offers resources and ideas to plan programs and activities to teach media literacy skills to adults and also to integrate these skills into programming you already offer at your library.
Critical information literacy "aims to understand how libraries participate within systems of oppression and find ways for librarians and students to intervene upon these systems." For this article, Eamon Tewell interviewed 13 librarians working in a variety of academic institutions about how they practice critical information literacy within library instruction.
Project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. They aim to 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.
Project by Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post created to "truth squad" the statements of political figures regarding issues of great importance, be they national, international, or local. They also seek to explain difficult issues, provide missing context and provide analysis and explanation of various "code words" used by politicians, diplomats and others to obscure or shade the truth.
Online book by Mike Caulfield of Press Books that provides an unabashedly practical guide for the student fact-checker. It supplements generic information literacy with the specific web-based techniques that can get one closer to the truth on the web more quickly. It seeks to aid students evaluate the information coming through their social media streams.