Monday, August 20, 2018

News Literacy Project and Checkology

Another resource aiming to help younger people engage with news information critically, I think chiefly supported by those in journalism (and also by Facebook). The North American News Literacy Project has announced that their Checkology resource has been refreshed. "The News Literacy Project is a national education nonprofit offering nonpartisan, independent programs that teach students how to know what to believe in the digital age."
Checkology has a series of online lessons/tutorials. You can sign up as a student or teacher. I did get part way through teacher registration, but whilst you can identify yourself as from a country outside the USA it insists on you selecting a US state and then a corresponding school district, which I found irritating. However I assume you can put in a false location to get registered and I might try it again later.
It says that students will learn to: "Categorize information; Make and critique news judgments; Explore how the press and citizens can each act as watchdogs; Detect and categorize misinformation; Interpret and apply the First Amendment; Compare the ways that different countries protect or restrict press freedom; Identify logical fallacies and evaluate arguments; Investigate the impact of personalization algorithms; Evaluate bias and learn about confirmation bias". The website is at
I found out about it from a press release at
Photo by Sheila Webber: the sea, Brighton, July 2018

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