Five ways to celebrate Media Literacy Week

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Peter Adams

I am NLP's senior vice president of education. My team runs all of our professional learning opportunities, including NewsLit Camps, and our resource and content development, including Checkology assets. Many years ago I taught middle school ELA and social studies, in an after school program for high schoolers and at the college level.


Nov. 5-9 is Media Literacy Week — our favorite week of the year, when champions of news and media literacy raise awareness of the critical need and available tools to discern and create credible information as students, consumers and citizens.

Here are some things you can do each day during Media Literacy Week to support these efforts:

Monday: Double-check your facts (before you vote). Take The Easiest Quiz of All Time, then watch our video to see how others did. Warning: It’s not that easy!

Tuesday: Check your ballot! It’s Election Day, and news literacy education empowers the well-informed voters who keep our democracy strong.

Wednesday: Check in. Visit our online “booth” at the virtual fair hosted by the National Association for Media Literacy Education. On Wednesday between 3 and 5 p.m. ET, our own Jordan Maze will answer questions about our programs and about news literacy in general.

Thursday: Image check. People instinctively trust images more than words — but many images are manipulated or taken out of context. Brush up on your reverse image searching skills so you can teach someone else how to find out if that compelling photo is real or fake.

Friday: Check and correct (kindly). If you see that someone has shared misinformation online, let them know in the spirit of giving facts a fighting chance.

Everyone has to work harder than ever these days to avoid misinformation and manipulation. Keep fighting for facts!

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