Learn to separate fact from fiction. Use the free Checkology app to determine the credibility of what you’re reading.
“Lack of news literacy is a threat to democracy. A free society cannot function without a well-informed public and a vigorous and independent free press.” – NLP
“Americans blame political leaders and activists far more than journalists for the creation of made-up news intended to mislead the public. But they believe it is primarily the responsibility of journalists to fix the problem. And they think the issue will get worse in the foreseeable future. In response, many have altered their news consumption habits, including by fact-checking the news they get and changing the sources they turn to for news.” – Pew Research Center
“Anxiety over misinformation has increased alongside political polarization and growing fragmentation of the media. Faith in expertise and institutions has declined, cynicism has risen, and citizens are becoming their own information curators. All of these trends are fundamentally changing the way people arrive at the kind of informed opinions that can drive effective governance and political compromise.96% of U.S. high school students surveyed failed to challenge the credibility of an unreliable source.” – Pew Research Center
NLP is a nonpartisan national education nonprofit that provides programs and resources for educators and the public to teach, learn and share the abilities needed to be smart, active consumers of news and be engaged participants in a democracy. Learn more about NLP here.
Checkology provides online lessons that show how to identify credible information, seek out reliable sources, and apply critical thinking skills to separate fact-based content from falsehoods such as:
Media literacy training
“The worldwide pandemic of misinformation and disinformation is, to be blunt, a global public health crisis. To help stem the spread of this virus, we have put together what we are calling a “global playbook.” Education is the most effective approach to combat the spread of misinformation. NLP connects with young people as they are developing their information consumption and creation habits, giving today’s students (who are tomorrow’s voters and decision-makers) the tools to sort fact from fiction and discern fact- based, credible information. Its free resources, tools and easy- to-adopt tips help people of all ages become more news-literate.” – NLP
Give Facts a Fighting Chance: A Global Playbook for Teaching News Literacy helps create news literacy programs to help counter disinformation.
Informable is a free mobile app from NLP to practice four distinct news literacy skills in a game-like format: distinguishing news reports from opinion pieces; advertisements from other types of information; false claims from credible evidence; and fact-based statements from opinion-based statements.
Takeaway: Learn to separate fact from fiction with Checkology. Support the New Literacy Project in its mission to train more people to watch out for disinformation.
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