Media & News Literacy Toolkit
A toolkit with various instructional materials to teach media and news literacy. Includes an online activity "Fairness and Blanace" where students watch a short video on journalistic standards and answer discussion questions. Then, students can take one or both interactive tutorials on "Lateral Reading" with a focus on fact-checking and/or "Evaluating Information" based on an information need. Also includes a video on the "Anatomy of a News Website" with reflective questions and in-class assignment ideas for librarians or instructors.
Created by Tessa Withorn, Carolyn Caffrey Gardner, Aric Haas, and Amalia Casteneda.
- Identify characteristics of news sources (genre, balance, fairness, sources, etc.) in order to effectively interpret news information.
- Evaluate evidence presented in news sources for verification, independence and accountability.
- Identify capabilities and constraints of news and emerging media information sources.
- Recognize the role cognitive bias plays in interpreting and evaluating information in news and emerging media sources.
- Describe skepticism of news sources as a healthy part of the journalism ecosystem.