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Welcome back to Get Smart About News! Starting with today’s issue, this newsletter has transitioned to its special summer format. It’s lighter (and brighter!), but still packed with useful information. We’re excited to share summer reading recs, news literacy tips, debunked viral rumors and occasional videos. So kick back, take a sip of ice-cold lemonade and enjoy!

The Get Smart About News team


Top reads

A roundup of the latest topics in news literacy and misinformation.


Artificial intelligence

Press freedom

NewsLit Tip

Look at the hands… and the source.
How can you determine whether or not an image of a person is generated by artificial intelligence? Try examining the fingers, teeth, shoes, clothing, lighting and background details, which many AI image generators have struggled to create accurately. But as AI technology becomes more advanced, many such visual cues are no longer useful. Checking the source of online content to verify its origin and legitimacy is vital.

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This week on RumorGuard

Did you see the viral image of a giant octopus washing ashore? Turns out it was AI generated. And no, Fox News did not air a story about Taco Bell’s menu the day of former President Donald Trump’s felony convictions. Check out more of the latest debunked rumors on NLP’s RumorGuard®!


Featured video

It’s important to check multiple news sources, especially during breaking news events. Learn more in this NLP TikTok video. (This video can also be viewed on Instagram.)

Alexa Volland, senior manager of multimedia content at the News Literacy Project, with an image of a courtroom behind her. Text on screen says, “Donald Trump is convicted.”
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