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Misinformation and Resources for Media Literacy Programming: Home

Notice

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.

Misinformation

Media Literacy

Fact Checking

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.

Describes the four principles of ethical journalism: seek truth and report it, minimize harm, act independently, and be accountable and transparent.