Outsmarting Fake News: Shawano Public Library Workshop

What is News Literacy and Why is It Important?

News literacy is "the ability to use critical thinking skills to judge the reliability and credibility of news reports, whether they come via print, television or the Internet."  Center for News Literacy Digital Resource Center

According to Washtenaw Community College Librarians, as a news-literate person, you can

  • Evaluate the news and media that you view
  • Distinguish between news and opinion amid the abundance of information available
  • Recognize bias or slant
  • Identify when news is fake
  • Check the credibility of news on every format and source
  • Use multiple formats and sources to get news
  • Understand perspectives and beliefs different than your own
  • Be an informed citizen

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