Level: Upper primary and above.
Based on a the "Believe it or Not" activity created by the Newseum in Washington DC, this first new element of WAN-IFRA Veritas Approach guides a class in how to use journalistic questions to judge content and then applies the skills to a school research project. It is designed for use by a teacher and/or visiting journalist. When you download it, we will ask you to share some information about yourself so we can later get your thoughts as we continue to create new versions and new resources. The Spanish verision can be found here.
Framing the activities of source criticism, verification, etc. as the normal work of reporters adds both to the potential for fun, as judge rather than victim of false content, and the added value of learning about how newsgathering works.
This learning can start in primary school.
The five activities here lend themselves to an introduction to the basic questions of who, what, when, where and how. A visiting journalist can also use them to get a conversation started. When you download the document, we will ask you to share some information about yourself so we can later get your thoughts as we continue to create new versions and new resources
They are based on the NIE Handbook WAN-IFRA created for UNESCO with the help of Gerard van der Weijden and many Jordanian teachers.