Unraveling #fakenews from opinion-making information:
a News Literacy discussion
September 7 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
This panel discussion is the second installment of a series of panels organized by UNAOC at UNHQ on topics relevant to Media and Information Literacy. Following February’s discussion “Media and Information Literacy: Educational Strategies for the Prevention of Violent Extremism”, this panel will focus on the “fake news in social media” phenomena from the perspective of News Literacy.
News Literacy is defined as the development of critical thinking skills applied to judge the reliability and credibility of information, whether it comes via print, radio, television or the Internet. The term News Literacy is generally associated with schools of communication and journalism rather than pedagogical schools. Some view it as a sub‐sector of the Media and Information Literacy (MIL) field; others as a distinct and unique entity.
UNAOC recognizes the urgency of developing and expanding News Literacy skills in the current political and social state of the world. The onset of so-called “fake news”, widely distributed through social media platforms, has the capacity to twist public opinion and shape individuals’ ideological preferences and visions of the world.