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Understanding Misinformation and How to Talk to People Who Believe It

Events


Wednesday, October 20, 2021
2:00 PM


A news literacy learning series for older adults 

The News Literacy Project is hosting a free webinar series Understanding Misinformation and How to Talk to People Who Believe It to foster more productive conversations free of misinformation among friends and family members and across generations — particularly during the holidays. The series is sponsored by the Fore River Foundation and is being offered in partnership with AARP’s OATS/Senior Planet program. John Silva, NLP’s senior director of professional learning, and Elizabeth Price, NLP’s manager of professional learning, will lead the sessions.

These free webinars will help participants understand what misinformation is, how people come to believe it and how to effectively and compassionately communicate and debunk those beliefs. While older adults play a critical role in sorting fact from fiction and helping others to do so, everyone can benefit from resources and support to help prevent harm from mis- and disinformation.

Session 1: The Misinformation Landscape

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2-3 p.m. ET. Register here.*
In this session, we will discuss how to move beyond the unhelpful term “fake news” to more precisely identify the many types of misleading, inaccurate and false information that we encounter regularly. We will explore the motivations behind different propagators of misinformation and the many ways they use our emotions and cognitive biases to manipulate us into believing something is true. We will also demonstrate key fact-checking and verification skills for identifying misinformation.

*This session is being held in partnership with AARP’s OATS/Senior Planet program and hosted on AARP’s Virtual Community Center.

Session 2: Essential Fact-Checking Skills

Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2-3 p.m. ET. Register here.*

Join us for the second installment of this webinar series. Dive into the tools and skills needed to fact-check and verify the authenticity of information as well as how to source its origins for yourself.
*This session is being held in partnership with AARP’s OATS/Senior Planet program.

Session 3: Productive Conversations Without Confrontation

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2-3 p.m. ET. Register here.*
The holiday season is a great time to enjoy a meal with family and friends and reflect on all that we are thankful for. Unfortunately, for many of us, our dinner table may include those who have deeply held but completely false beliefs.  Once you have learned how to verify information, the next step is talking to someone whose beliefs are fueled by misinformation. We will focus on how to have this conversation in a productive, non-confrontational way in order to yield positive outcomes.
*This session is being held in partnership with AARP’s OATS/Senior Planet program.

Coming up  in 2022

Please stay tuned for the fourth session in NLP’s older adult webinar series in January, during National News Literacy Week.

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