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Resources for news literacy

Journalism Standards

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Some Definitions

News Literacy

According to the News Literacy Project:

News literacy gives you the tools to understand "how to sort fact from fiction and the essential skills needed to become smart, active consumers of news and information and engaged, informed citizens."

"News literacy teaches that all information is not created equal. It helps young people use the aspirational standards of quality journalism to determine what they should trust, share and act on."

News literate "students are also encouraged to share and produce information that is accurate, fair and responsible and that empowers their voices. This is vital, because in an age of unparalleled access, in which unprecedented amounts and types of information can be shared with more people more easily than ever before, anyone can be a publisher — and everyone must be an editor."


Media Literacy

1992 Aspen Media Literacy Leadership Institute defined:

"Media Literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate and create media in a variety of forms."

The Center for Media Literacy (CML) has expanded this definition to:

"Media literacy is a 21st century approach to education.  It provides a framework to access, analyze, evaluate, create and participate with messages in a variety of forms - from print to video to the internet.  Media literacy builds an understanding of the role in media in society as well as essential skills of inquiry and self-expression necessary for citizens of a democracy."

According to National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE):

"Media literacy empowers people to be critical thinkers and makers, effective communicators and active citizens."


Pew Research News Media Trends

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