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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.


Long-form article published by First Draft which focuses on core concepts of misinformation: why we're vulnerable, why corrections are so hard, and how to prevent it.

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.

Guide by Glendale Community College Libraries containing articles, links, infographics and resources meant to help researchers understand the fake news problem.

A round-up of resources from Programming Librarian compiled to help libraries deliver their best programming about fake news.

Media Literacy

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.

In this Webinar by Programming Librarian, Natasha Casey of Blackburn College will discuss cookies, algorithms, and a variety of other parts of the internet that track your online presence.

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.

This guide is designed to give a basic start for researchers, librarians, and students who would like to find resources on the topic of 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.