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All news is biased
If you are looking for the perfect source that will give you information with no point of view, just accurate facts, you will not find it. Every piece of media has a viewpoint, a purpose, and a bias.
- Teens spend on average nine hours a day online. Some adults spend almost all day online. You need to be be critically conscious of what you are consuming so that you remain a free person with a will and mind of your own.
- Does the piece of media make you angry, excited, happy, or sad? When you can identify exactly what the author is doing to influence you, you are becoming media literate and raising your "critical consciousness."
- Media literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate and create media in a variety of forms. (Media Education Lab)
Adfontes media bias chart
The five key questions of media literacy
- Who created the message and what is the purpose?
- What techniques are used to attract and hold attention?
- What lifestyles, values, and points of view are depicted?
- How might different people interpret this message?
- What is left out?
Election news literacy
Democracy depends on us
The News Literacy Project has developed online education to develop your literacy around elections.
A free news literacy education platform with online lessons that students can complete independently. From The News Literacy Project.
Media literacy organizations
Media Literacy games
Spot the Troll
The quiz where YOU examine images of real social media content and decide whether it's from a legitimate account or an internet troll. From Clemson University.
From fake news to chaos! How bad are you? Get as many followers as you can.
Test your ability to tell false news stories from ethically created new stories.