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This LibGuide is designed to help secondary students develop the critical thinking skills needed to judge the reliability and credibility of information whether it comes from the internet, social media, podcasts, radio, or through television reports.
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Media Literacy Vocabulary - adapted from & Wikipedia

Bias: a particular tendency, feeling, or opinion, often preconceived or unreasoned.

Bogus:  not genuine; counterfeit information.

Copyright:  the exclusive right to make copies, license, and otherwise exploit a literary, musical, or artistic work created by an individual.   

Credible:  believable, trustworthy.

Debunk:  to expose false, or exaggerated information.

Discern:  to distinguish, perceive, or discriminate.

Infringement:  a breach or violation of a law, right, or obligation.

Malicious: characterized by, or showing malice; intentionally harmful.

Mendacious:  telling lies, especially habitually; dishonest; lying.

Native Advertising: ads that try to sell or promote a product in the guise of a news story.

Post-Truth: relating to political debates in which facts represented are less important than appeals to emotional response.

Satire:  the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule in exposing news.

Spin:  to give a news story a particular bias/influence in a certain direction.

Sponsored Content: indicates the article is paid for by a commercial company.



How to Choose Your News

With the advent of the Internet and social media, news is distributed at an incredible rate by an unprecedented number of different media outlets. How do we choose which news to consume? Damon Brown gives the inside scoop on how the opinions and facts (and sometimes non-facts) make their way into the news and how the smart reader can tell them apart.  This video is paired with a TED-Ed lesson that is posted in the Teacher Resources section.


How False News Can Spread

In previous decades, most news with global reach came from several major newspapers and networks with the resources to gather information directly. The speed with which information spreads now, however, has created the ideal conditions for something called circular reporting. Noah Tavlin sheds light on this phenomenon.  This video comes with a TED-Ed lesson posted in the Teacher Resources page.


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