Watch one or more of these short (5 min or less) videos with your students, then use the Prompt Questions to facilitate a class discussion.
Note: A few of these videos are older but the content and questions are still highly relevant.
Published on Nov. 6, 2022: "The co-founder of the Center for Humane Technology tells Bill Whitaker social media companies are profiting off Americans’ online anger."
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Published on Feb. 28, 2022: "CNN’s investigative team has been monitoring the constant stream of information from social media by using several tools to filter through the noise and select relevant videos for our coverage to geolocate and verify."
Published on Jan 5, 2022: "The news media industry has gone through a lot of changes in the past 10 to 20 years that have impacted the way news is both produced and consumed. Our researchers discuss the effects of these changes on how Americans trust the news media and assess news and information, including the role of partisanship, misinformation and representation."
Published on May 18, 2019: "'Truth Worth Telling' author Scott Pelley says that the story a news program leads with isn't necessarily the most important thing that happened that day."
Feel free to stop the video at the 7:00 mark.
Published on April 1, 2020: "'Here's how you can spot coronavirus fake news stories."
Published on January 30, 2018: "In an age of "fake news" and increasing polarization, Bill Gates sees big problems with the "filter bubbles" that impact how people get and process their information. But he also thinks those problems might actually be self-correcting."
Published on Apr 24, 2017: "Why do people believe so strongly in conspiracy theories? The answer is more psychological than you think."
Published on May 3, 2019: "The so-called “deepfakes,” or fake videos altered to look incredibly real, are surfacing online by people determined to spread fake news, influence elections and create tensions."
Published on September 2, 2021: "It can be difficult to tell the difference between credible news and misinformation — and in some ways, our brains are contributing to the problem. According to psychologist Nadia Brashier, when we hear information repeatedly, we’re more likely to believe it is true, even when it’s not. As misinformation proliferates on all of our newsfeeds, it can be difficult to tell if what we’re reading is accurate. Host Nicole Ellis spoke with experts to identify ways to spot misinformation and help prevent it from spreading."
Published on June 27, 2020: "Sharing unverified information during the COVID-19 pandemic can be dangerous, unhealthy, and make our life more confusing. Watch the video for the simple actions we can all take on how to identify false information, verify trusted sources, and help ourselves and loved ones to stay safe."
Published on Nov 22, 2016: "Do children's digital fluency allow them to distinguish between fake news and real news online? WSJ's Sue Shellenbarger has surprising results of a study of nearly 8,000 students (from grammar school through college) that tested their ability to tell news from ads and to discern websites from hate groups and mainstream professional organizations."
Published on Dec 14, 2016: "Trevor Noah, host of the Daily Show, has told BBC Hardtalk’s Zeinab Badawi that factual accuracy is the base of his best jokes."
Aired on June 14, 2022: "What is the role of journalists when covering America's mass shooting crisis, and how can they responsibly report on tragedies like the recent shootings in Uvalde, Buffalo and Tulsa? Those are complicated but crucial questions to answer, says Dannagal Young, a University of Delaware professor who studies the impact that news stories have on the public."
"Short, episodic news frames are those that apply a telephoto lens to the coverage of the issue – focusing on individual case studies and discrete events. In contrast, thematic news frames are those that apply a wide-angle lens to the coverage of the issue – focusing on trends over time, and highlighting contexts and environments. An episodic frame presents a portrait, while a thematic frame pulls the camera back to present a landscape." - From: https://www.frameworksinstitute.org/article/episodic-vs-thematic-stories/
Published on August 4, 2020: "For Katie Couric's latest series with Time, she spoke to journalist and author Margaret Sullivan about how the decline of local news can have significant consequences for communities - and how many communities across the country are becoming “news deserts”—places with limited local news sources."
Published on Jan 27, 2022: "With more than 1 billion monthly users, TikTok isn't just viral lip-sync videos, but also a source of information — and misinformation. As apart of National #NewsLiteracyWeek @Newsy investigates how false content spreads on the massive social media platform."
Published on March 17, 2020: "Coronavirus crisis: Misinformation leads to an infodemic. Misinformation being spread online has caused big problems."
Published on February 11, 2020: "Denver's 9News is running a fascinating experiment to simulate what people would see on their feeds if they followed only left, only right, and only center stories. They based their selections on the news source ratings of the Media Bias Chart. Ad Fontes Media founder Vanessa Otero talks about how junk news is like junk food, and how junk news leads to polarization."
Published on Jul 18, 2019: "When it comes to sniffing out whether a source is credible or not, even journalists can sometimes take the wrong approach."
Published on December 28, 2018: "Vanessa Otero set out to rank an ever-growing partisan media landscape, with the belief that an informed public is a better public."
Published on Jan 15, 2018: "Here are five tips on how to spot fake news from Damaso Reyes, one of the project's directors who's taught dozens of new literacy classes."
Published on Sep 16, 2018: "Rumors of child kidnappers spread on WhatsApp led to violence that has torn apart this rural Indian village."
**This is an oldie but a goodie!**
Published on May 13, 2013: "Ryan Holiday, the author of, "Trust Me, I'm Lying," shares a bit about how he has manipulated media to get bogus, anonymous stories to the front-page of news media outlets."
Published on March 8, 2018: "MIT researchers found fake news stories were much more likely to go viral on Twitter than real stories.."
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