It’s News Literacy Week*, sponsored by the News Literacy Project**.
How could you honor News Literacy Week? In a nutshell, care before you share, that is, do your part to stop the flood of misinformation in our current media environment by thinking twice before you share questionable content. Also:
- Educate yourself about the forms of misinformation out there in the media and social media you consume.
- Educate yourself about how to verify that something is true before you share it.
- Educate yourself about responsible news sources and what quality journalism is
- Educate yourself about bias in the news
In particular, right now, misinformation on Covid-19 has deadly consequences. Take particular care with health information.
How good are you at distinguishing quality news?
Try the News Lit Quiz: Should you share it?
Lots more educational resources are collected by your library staff on a guide called News Literacy: Resources for Citizens, Students and Educators
Here’s a Public Service Announcement about News Literacy Week:
*”This annual event underscores the vital role of news literacy in a democracy and provides audiences with the knowledge, tools and abilities to become more news-literate. It also aims to inspire news consumers, educators and students to practice news literacy and to strengthen trust in news media by reinforcing the role of credible journalism. The week is presented by the News Literacy Project and The E.W. Scripps Company.”
**The News Literacy Project is “a nonpartisan national education nonprofit, provides programs and resources for educators and the public to teach, learn and share the abilities needed to be smart, active consumers of news and information and equal and engaged participants in a democracy.”