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Making Sense of the News

News Literacy Lessons for Digital Citizens

Never before has the need for News Literacy been more urgent. As news consumers are bombarded with a constant stream of fake news, propaganda, hoaxes, rumors, satire, and advertising — that often masquerade as credible journalism — it is becoming more and more difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. While the public’s faith in the news media erodes, purveyors of misinformation have helped give rise to troubling cultural trends and alarming political movements. This six-week course will help learners develop their critical thinking skills to enable them to better identify reliable information in news reports and to become better informed about the world in which we live. The course will discuss the key elements of journalism from the viewpoint of the news audience. The language of instruction is English, but Chinese and Spanish subtitles will be available. Each week will tackle a challenge unique to the digital era: Week 1: The power of information is now in the hands of consumers. Week 2: What makes journalism different from other types of information? Week 3: Where can we find trustworthy information? Week 4: How to tell what’s fair and what’s biased. Week 5: How to apply news literacy concepts in real life. Week 6: Meeting the challenges of digital citizenship.

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Rating 4.8 based on 19 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 6 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week
Starts Feb 4 (next week)
Cost $49
From The University of Hong Kong, The State University of New York via Coursera
Instructors Michael A. Spikes, Richard Hornik, Steven Reiner, Howard Schneider, Jonathan Anzalone, Masato Kajimoto, Anne Kruger
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Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Education
Tags Social Sciences Personal Development Education

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assumptions while defining in one review

The course challenges assumptions while defining the differences between verifiable facts from assertions from outright distortions and lies.

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The past election, and now these first weeks of the new administration, have been real brain bangers with respect to what passes for truth in the news.

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I truly appreciate that now I have a framework (and tools) to look at what is out there, which is helping me know what I think better and gives me strategies to talk constructively with friends and family when talking about the news.

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I got great bravery via this course to next step for my future by grace of you^^!!

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An increasingly-vital skill for anyone who values truth and desires to be informed rather than led like a lost sheep.

Careers

An overview of related careers and their average salaries in the US. Bars indicate income percentile.

Literacy Interventionist 1 $35k

News Anchor 1 $43k

Literacy Facilitator 1 $49k

News Reporter 3 $49k

News Librarian $50k

News archivist $51k

Literacy Specialist 2 3 $54k

Literacy Instructor $58k

News Technician $60k

News Anchor 3 $67k

News Curator/ News Editor $69k

Literacy Professor $86k

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The University of Hong Kong

Rating 4.8 based on 19 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 6 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week
Starts Feb 4 (next week)
Cost $49
From The University of Hong Kong, The State University of New York via Coursera
Instructors Michael A. Spikes, Richard Hornik, Steven Reiner, Howard Schneider, Jonathan Anzalone, Masato Kajimoto, Anne Kruger
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Education
Tags Social Sciences Personal Development Education