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Media Literacy in a Fake News World

A research guide compiling online and print resources and organizations that promote news and media accuracy and consumer awareness of accurate and false news.

What is News Literacy

Professional journalists, educators and students discuss the definition of news literacy, why it's important to strengthen our democracy, and how it can be beneficial as an educational concept.

News Literacy Is…

How to Choose Your News

With the advent of the Internet and social media, news is distributed at an incredible rate by an unprecedented number of different media outlets. How do we choose which news to consume? Damon Brown gives the inside scoop on how the opinions and facts (and sometimes non-facts) make their way into the news and how the smart reader can tell them apart.

Lesson by Damon Brown, animation by Augenblick Studios.

Why the News Isn't Really the News

Ryan Holiday, the author of, "Trust Me, I'm Lying," shares a bit about how he has manipulated media to get bogus, anonymous stories to the front-page of news media outlets. He wonders if many of our news stories can even be trusted because the system by which news outlets pick up their stories is flawed. In fact, the news may not really be the news at all.

We interviewed Ryan Holiday to find out more. The epiphany? If you're not paying for a product online, then you ARE the product.

How to separate fact and fiction online | Markham Nolan

By the end of this talk, there will be 864 more hours of video on YouTube and 2.5 million more photos on Facebook and Instagram. So how do we sort through the deluge? At the TEDSalon in London, Markham Nolan shares the investigative techniques he and his team use to verify information in real-time, to let you know if that Statue of Liberty image has been doctored or if that video leaked from Syria is legitimate.

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Introduction to Media Literacy: Crash Course Media Literacy #1

First thing’s first: what is media literacy? In our first episode, Jay breaks this question down and explains how we’re going to use it to explore our media saturated world. *** Resources & References: U.S. Adults Consume an Entire Hour More of Media Per Day Than They Did Just Last Year Landmark Report: U.S. Teens Use an Average of Nine Hours of Media Per Day, Tweens Use Six Hours NAMLE: Media Literacy Defined *** Crash Course is on Patreon! You can support us directly by signing up at

History of Media Literacy, part 1: Crash Course Media Literacy #2

In order to understand the history of media literacy we have to go all the way back to straight up literacy. In the first half of our look at the history of media literacy, Jay takes us all the way back to Ancient Greece and forward through the printing press, newspapers, and Yellow Journalism. *** Resources & References: The Impact of the Printing Press Grandparents of Media Literacy https://www.grandparentsofmedialitera... Maine Explosion Caused by Bomb or Torpedo? *** Crash Course is on Patreon! You can support us directly by signing up at

History of Media Lit, part 2: Crash Course Media Literacy #3

Jay continues our journey through the history of media literacy with the arrival of movies, television, and the other screens that now permeate our lives – along with some of the different approaches to media literacy that these inventions brought with them. *** Crash Course is on Patreon! You can support us directly by signing up at

Media & the Mind: Crash Course Media Literacy #4

You are constantly surrounded by media, so the question is: how does your brain handle all of that? The unfortunate answer is that our brains have a lot of processes that not super helpful for media literacy, but hopefully with a little self-awareness, we can work around that. *** Resources: How americans get their news: Clinton campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russia dossier: *** Crash Course is on Patreon! You can support us directly by signing up at