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Northeast Media Literacy Conference:

The Past, Present and Future of Media Literacy Education

Sat., Feb. 4, 2017
Central Connecticut State University
New Britain, Conn.

THIS PAGE AVAILABLE AT: http://tinyurl.com/ccsu-fake-news

ALSO SEE: http://newshare.com/wiki/index.php/NMLC-fake-news-statement

Defining the Fake News Moment: Fiction, Fad, Fatal or Media Lit Opportunity?

Plenary "unconference" breakout: 1:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
With Katherine Fry, Allison Butler, Mellisa Zimdars and Bill Densmore

"Fake news" -- A metaphor for all that ails our media ecosystem?

  • Lack of facts / alternate facts
  • A partisan intent to mislead through hoaxes
  • Comedy, satire masquerading as real
  • A robust, liberating cacaphony of voices -- but who are they and what motivates them?
  • Undisclosed/obfuscated point of view -- an opportunity for media-literacy educators?
  • The decline of trusted "gatekeepers" (See: RJI report)
  • Do we need a new paradigm for trusted information (See: infotrust.org)

    In the last six months, our political discourse has been infected by a new term: “Fake News.” In a 45-minute, circle-round session, we’ll probe the limits of what the term might mean, and how it might be an opportunity to mainstream media-literacy education. We’ll drive toward a consensus statement, addressing such questions as: How do current concepts of “fake” news differ from what was published by 18th-century pamphleteers, or 1960s supermarket tabloids? Is news “fake” based on point of view only, or because it reports as facts things that are demonstrably untrue? Is it only “fake” if its intention is to mislead? Who defines “mislead?” In an age when all of us can be reporters via our Facebook feed, do we all need tutoring on how to create — and consume — trustworthy reporting and information? In social media, is news now anything more than verified gossip? Who is the trusted verifier? Our “conversation catalysts” will start the discussion, then we’ll invite all to to participate.

  • NYTIMES: Media's next challenge -- overcoming the thread of fake news EXCERPT:

    “It’s the biggest crisis facing our democracy, the failing business model of real journalism,” Senator Claire McCaskill, Democrat of Missouri and a longtime critic of fake news, told me on Saturday. Ms. McCaskill said that “journalism is partly to blame” for being slow to adjust as the internet turned its business model upside down and social media opened the competitive floodgates. “Fake news got way out ahead of them,” she said.

    Also see: Frank Romano (RIT emeritus) published, 1990 in TypeWorld: "We are the Press"


    What consensus statement can we reach about news, trust, community and citizenship in a media-literate society?

  • What do we mean by fake news?
  • What do we do about it?
  • What roles must media-literacy educators -- and the public -- play?
  • Shaun King a New York Daily News social-justice writer, and former civics teacher (photo): "Get to know your personal news sources"/ (at Williams College) / on twitter
  • AUDIO: On the Media: Breaking News Consumers Handbook -- How to detect untrustworthy news / PRINT IMAGE
  • NIEMAN LAB: Journalism in a Post-Truth Era: A Harvard Event \ LAUNCH VIDEO
  • CURRICULUM RESOURCES: Fake news and the spread of misinformation -- Shorenstein Center at Harvard

    Our “conversation catalysts” will include:
    After the plenary discussion, Bulter, Fry and Zimdars will each lead half-hour, deeper-dive breakouts.


    BELOW FROM: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/11/opinion/online-and-scared.html


    It’s a huge legal, moral and strategic problem, and it will require . . . “a new social compact” to defuse.
    Work on that compact has to start with every school teaching children digital civics. And that begins with teaching them that the internet is an open sewer of untreated, unfiltered information, where they need to bring skepticism and critical thinking to everything they read and basic civic decency to everything they write.
    A Stanford Graduate School of Education study published in November found “a dismaying inability by students to reason about information they see on the internet. Students, for example, had a hard time distinguishing advertisements from news articles or identifying where information came from. … One assessment required middle schoolers to explain why they might not trust an article on financial planning that was written by a bank executive and sponsored by a bank. The researchers found that many students did not cite authorship or article sponsorship as key reasons for not believing the article.”
    Prof. Sam Wineburg, the lead author of the report, said: “Many people assume that because young people are fluent in social media they are equally perceptive about what they find there. Our work shows the opposite to be true.”


  • YOUTHTODAY.ORG: Help Youth Think Critically in Age of 'Fake News'
  • MICHAEL ORESKES/NPR: "Audiences, Citizens and the Future of Journalism" -- Speech Oct. 19, 2007 at ONA Toronto
  • MICHAEL COPPS / FCC: Getting Media Right: A call to Action -- Speech, Dec. 2, 2010, NYC
  • CRAIG NEWMARK: I'm joining the fight against fake news" -- Inside Philanthropy
  • WASHINGTON POST: Margaret Sullivan: It's time to retire the term 'fake news'
  • HOWARD DEAN: On the failure of American media to call out Donald Trump's campaign untruths -- Jan. 12/Williams College
  • AMERICAN LIBRARIES: Fighting Fake News: How libraries can lead the way
  • DIGIDAY: Internet's underbelling: How digital advertising feeds fake news
  • MARKETINGLAND: Why Google may not be able to stop fake news
  • Shorenstein Center's academic resources and reports on 'fake news'
  • American Libraries Magazine: Fighting Fake News
  • Digiday: How content ad networks fund fake news
  • Margaret Sullivan, Washington Post: "It's time to retire the tainted term "fake news"
  • AP story summarizes Trump-CNN dispute over Russian report
  • NYTimes, Amanda Taub: "The Real Story about Fake News is Partisanship"
  • The BBC is setting up a team to detect and debunk so-called 'fake news'
  • Craig Newmark gives $1M to Poynter Institute to help with ethics and 'fake news' challenge | SECOND STORY/Inside Philanthropy
  • What does a news organization optimized for trust look like?
  • VANITY FAIR: Preparing for 2016 -- an environment of even more-scary fake news?
  • NYTIMES: In race against fake news, Google and Facebook stroll to the starting line
  • COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW: Is fake news a fake problem?
  • TECHCRUNCH: Facebook changes algorithms to avoid posts that are fake, promotional or spam
  • THE VERGE: How Facebook and Google content technologies make lies as pretty as truth
  • THE GUARDIAN: The real crisis in journalism is geographic


  • Walter Williams: The Journalist's Creed
  • American Society of News Editors: Statement of Principles
  • BOOK: New Ethics of Journalism by Kelly McBride and Tom Rosenstiel
  • Society of Professional Journalists: Code of Ethics