‘Vaccine’ for fake news is news literacy, says NLP

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The upside to the rise of the phrase “fake news” and what it stands for is the broader recognition of the threat — and greater demand for media and news literacy lessons in schools, according to panelists at a recent Education Writers Association seminar.

“There is a cure — or perhaps better put, there’s a vaccine to fake news. That vaccine actually is news literacy education,” said Damaso Reyes of the News Literacy Project. Reyes, who is in charge of NLP’s partnerships, was one of the experts talking about educating for character and citizenship.

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