Solving the Misinformation Pandemic

It’s National News Literacy Week and it’s all about solving the misinformation “pandemic,” says Allan Miller, founder and CEO of the News Literacy Project. From CNN:

“We all bear responsibility here,” Miller said. “I would like to see a new kind of ethos of personal responsibility around … how we share and consume news and information, so that people begin to become part of the information solution, instead of being part of the misinformation problem.”

“In this age, everybody is their own editor. Everybody can be their own publisher. We want them to play those roles in ways that are credible and responsible and empower their voices,” Miller said.

Since its founding in 2008, the NLP has adapted to tackle the new and different types of misinformation students may encounter, whether digital disinformation, “deep fakes” and “cheap fakes,” or conspiracy theories.

Miller believes that while the threat of misinformation has grown, there is also “much greater awareness of the importance of learning how to navigate this fraught landscape.”
Miller remarks that it felt like his organization “went from being a voice in the wilderness to an answer to a prayer,” given the “growing recognition of the threat of misinformation that this pandemic poses.”

The News Literacy Project is a national education nonprofit offering nonpartisan, independent programs that teach students how to know what to trust in the digital age.

What is your own news literary? The News Literacy Project offers a series of fun and easy tests on their web site, along with various tools to help you and your kids develop your skills in telling fake news from the real thing.

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