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Are you feeling lost in today’s media landscape? In this 4-part series, conducted through Zoom, participants will dive into the complexity of digital citizenship, including the threat of falling for fake information.

Feeling lost in today’s media landscape? In this 4-part series, conducted through Zoom, participants dive into the complexity of digital citizenship, including the threat of falling for fake information. Exploring media literacy through a First Amendment focus:

Friday, August 7 at 1 p.m. – Media Ethics

 1. Session one will consider the ethical issues journalists face as they strive to be accurate, fair and clear. Utilizing real-life case studies, participants grapple with issues journalists may encounter, including privacy, anonymous sources and the pressure to be first. 

Friday, September 18 at 1 p.m. – Fighting Fake News

2. Session two explores the problem of fake news in today’s media landscape. Consider: What qualifies as “fake” news? Why should you care what’s real and what’s not? How can the motivations behind news stories shape the content?  

Friday, October 9 at 1 p.m. – Is it Fair?

 3. Session three will take a step back from the media negativity to look at the positive: what are the qualities of fair news coverage? Learn how to assess word choice, use of context and counterpoints to make informed, impartial evaluations of news in print, online and on social media sources. 

Friday, November 6 at 1 p.m. – Propaganda

 4. Session four looks at the methods propaganda uses to worm it’s way into our brains by exploring four universal techniques for manipulating human emotions. Participants will explore practical strategies to combat propaganda and improve the quality of their information ecosystem.

Since 1997, NewseumED has produced educational resources and experiences powered by the content and collection of the Newseum. Now as part of the Freedom Forum, their in-person offerings include free classes for school groups, professional development workshops and adult team-building experiences. Online, they offer free access to historical front pages, videos and artifacts in the Freedom Forum’s collection as well as lesson plans and interactive learning tools. NewseumED is now reaching out to the public through in-person and virtual community programs in libraries and community centers.

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