The media has been in the curious position of covering itself lately as questions arise about what news is true, what is hyperbole, and what is fake. Readers and information consumers are better served when they know where their news is coming from, and in this age of tailored news feeds, accessing opposing viewpoints or objective content is increasingly complex. In an attempt to give you the tools you need to be a discerning media consumer, we offer this list.
Articles that discuss digital literacy
- Information Literacy and Fake News by Candice Benjes-Hall and Scott Dunn, http://acrlog.org/2017/01/22/information-literacy-and-fake-news/
- Truth, truthiness, triangulation: A news literacy toolkit for a “post-truth” world by Joyce Valenza, http://blogs.slj.com/neverendingsearch/2016/11/26/truth-truthiness-triangulation-and-the-librarian-way-a-news-literacy-toolkit-for-a-post-truth-world/ (has list of “rules of thumb” for evaluating news on the web)
Websites that teach digital literacy
- How to Choose Your News by Damon Brown, http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-to-choose-your-news-damon-brown (a video produced by a teacher for elementary school students, and a useful introduction for everybody.)
- Evaluating news sites: Credible or Clickbait? Compiled by Candice Benjes-Hall and Alyssa Archer, http://www.projectcora.org/assignment/evaluating-news-sites-credible-or-clickbait
- Ways of the Web: Filter Bubbles and the Deep Web: Evaluating Websites by librarians at University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, http://guides.library.illinois.edu/c.php?g=348478&p=2347794
Tools to use
- Google Reverse Image search, https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/1325808?hl=en Shows the places the same digital image has appeared online, potentially revealing where it first appeared and in what context.
- Allsides.com, http://www.allsides.com/ From their “About” page: “Unlike regular news services, AllSides exposes bias and provides multiple angles on the same story so you can quickly get the full picture, not just one slant.”