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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey

Classroom Connection: Twitter’s ban on political ads

In marked contrast to recent statements by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey announced in a series of tweets last Wednesday that his social media platform would ban all political advertising starting Nov. 22, explaining that “this isn’t about free expression” — as Zuckerberg has argued — and that…

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Orson Welles at CBS radio. .(Dallas Dispatch-Journal/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)

‘War of the Worlds’ broadcast kicked off lasting myth

Imagine hearing this startling “news” while relaxing at home on a Sunday evening: “… those strange beings who landed in the Jersey farmlands tonight are the vanguard of an invading army from the planet Mars.” If you were listening to CBS Radio’s Mercury Theatre on the Air program 81 years ago today, that’s exactly what…

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Exterior of the Harvard Crimson offices

Classroom Connection: Harvard journalism backlash

Fairness is one of the bedrock principles of quality journalism. The code of ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists calls on reporters to “diligently seek subjects of news coverage to allow them to respond to criticism or allegations of wrongdoing.” But that practice has raised concerns for the more than 700 people who have…

CNN's Alisyn Camerota and Anderson Cooper hosted the News Literacy Project at its new offices in New York City.

CNN’s Camerota and Cooper talk journalism, news literacy with NLP

Anchors and executives at CNN welcomed supporters of the News Literacy Project to the network’s new headquarters in New York City’s Hudson Yards on Oct. 22 for a discussion about quality journalism and the importance of news literacy at a time when facts are competing for attention with overwhelming (and growing) amounts of “fake.” Alisyn…

Events

Don’t let ABC’s mistake fuel distrust of the media

In a report Sunday about violence in northern Syria, ABC’s “World News Tonight“ included a video clip of a nighttime machine gun exhibition at a Kentucky shooting range. Anchor Tom Llamas mistakenly described it as “appearing to show Turkey’s military bombing Kurd civilians.”  While ABC made a serious error in including this footage, the lapse…

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Curriculum Connection: Facebook, satire and fact-checking

The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Facebook plans to exempt satire and opinion content from its fact-checking program. This would mean that posts that contain demonstrably false claims, but which the platform deems to be either satire or opinion, would not be referred to its network of third-party fact-checkers. Thus, Facebook would not…

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Catherine Griffin

Bringing news literacy to a school, one freshman class at a time

Like many teens asked to research a topic, Catherine Griffin’s students typically would open a search engine, type a word or phrase, and simply use the source at the top of their results. But once Griffin guides them through the Checkology®virtual classroom, they start digging deeper, citing scholarly articles and database results in their research.…

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Curriculum Connection: Examining the impact of rising government disinformation

Political parties or government agencies in 70 countries are using “cyber troops” to engage in organized disinformation efforts online, according to a new report from the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford. This is a 150% increase in state- and party-sponsored social media manipulation campaigns since 2017. At that time researchers found such…

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In UCLA Magazine, Washington Post’s Matea Gold cites her work with NLP

In an interview with UCLA Magazine (the alumni magazine of the University of California, Los Angeles), Matea Gold, editor of the political investigations team at The Washington Post, talks about her work with the News Literacy Project and our role in combating misinformation. Gold, a member of NLP’s National Leadership Council, is a longtime NLP…

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Brett Kavanaugh

Curriculum Connection: Complex Kavanaugh story gets tangled in the telling

On Sept. 14, The New York Times published an essay by two of its reporters, Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, that was based on their new book, The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation. The Times’ opinion section — which is responsible for the Sunday Review section, where the essay appeared — also posted a…

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Checkology in the classroom

Global Youth & News Media Prize honors Checkology

I’m delighted to tell you that our Checkology® virtual classroom has won a Silver Award in the News/Media Literacy category from the 2019 Global Youth & News Media Prize. The Global Youth & News Media Prize, established in 2018, honors organizations around the world that innovate as they strengthen engagement between news media and young…

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