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Some organizations doing good work in learning how to check the facts.

Since the 2016 U.S. presidential election, source verification has garnered new interest with lots of players. WAN-IFRA has begun adapting and creating resources to help a teacher get started or even host a visiting journalist in this effort [downloads here].

Here are some other organizations who are providing assistance and materials:

PREMIERES LIGNES [FRONT LINES] (France) - This investigative documentary team is creating materials to help students learn to distinguish between real and fake conspiracies. The first video (in French) with English subtitles (starts with no sound) explores the real conspiracy of information perpetrated by U.S. cigarette producers and the fake conspiracy theories that emerged after the killings of journalists of Charlie Hebdo. [Premieres Lignes' headquarters was on the same floor as the Charlie Hebdo offices. The video is the first step in a partnership with the education ministry's media in education division (CLEMI) to create a complete kit on the topic. [Subtitles - WAN-IFRA]

EUROPEAN JOURNALISM CENTRE (Netherlands and Belgium) - The EJC's Verification Handbook created in 2014 provides sensible guidance in ten languages (Arabic, Croatian, English, French, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish, Spanish). Chapter 3 offers an introduction to verifying user-generated content that could be especially useful with especially a secondary class.

Click here to learn more about checkologyClick here to learn more about checkologyNEWS LITERACY PROJECT (USA) – This initiative, founded by Pulitzer-prize-winning investigative reporter Alan Miller,  provides a great one-page starter activity. One section of its new checkologyvirtual classroom offers extensive guidance on how to verify sources. Some of it is a tad dry in the delivery, but very thorough. Journalists from organizations including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, NBC News and BuzzFeed act as virtual teachers in NLP’s checkology™ virtual classroom, which has vastly extended the project’s worldwide reach. Since the platform’s launch in May 2016, more than 6,000 educators who teach more than 600,000 students in every state in the U.S. and 44 countries have registered to use it. Teachers and students cite the value of these real-world instructors as one of the virtual classroom’s appeals. NPR, U.S. National Public Radio, did a very good piece on how checkology works (link and transcript here). Also, click on the photo to see a video about checkology.

UNESCO'S MIL CLICKS (Global) - Through channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others, MIL CLICKS social media strategy aims to engage people to play, learn and use MIL skills, learn how to evaluate information and how to identify and to find credible sources. Activities include sharing posts, tips, solving quizzes, creating content and learning new skills. Here's more about its most recent action.

AMERICAN PRESS INSTITUTE (USA) – API, a WAN-IFRA Center of Youth Engagement Excellence, has a solid background in youth news literacy and also in fact-checking as one of its primary activities to help journalists. With veteran journalist Bill Kovach, API executive director Tom Rosensteil wrote the seminal if now slightly dated guide to judging content, Blur: How to Know What's True in the Age of Information Overload. It also supports a huge cadre people at news organizations who already have partnerships with local educators. Most recent resources include a curriculum for teaching news literacy skills in middle school (roughly ages 12-14) and six questions that tell you what media to trust.

THE NEW YORK TIMES LEARNING NETWORK (USA) - A top winner of the WAN-IFRA World Young Reader Prize for enduring excellence, this free service of the New York Times has been helping students and teachers navigate the news for nearly two decades under the direction of Katherine Schulten. Most recently it challenged teenagers to engage in civil discourse as they debated the issues in the run-up to the U.S. presidential election and offered tips for finding reliabe new sources.  In addition, it often gives young people a quality platform for their own opinions and journalistic production.

NEWSEUMED - The education division of the Newseum, the Washington, DC-based interactive museum offers a massive array of online tools for using and navigating the news with an emphasis on U.S. basic “First Amendment” freedoms (speech, press, religion, right of assembly, petitioning the government). Under the direction of Newseum VP Barbara McCormack, NewseumED has most recently provided guidance and resources to beleaguered teachers both before and after the the “anger, angst and roaring rhetoric” of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

BBC (UK) – The British Broadcasting Company used the U.S. presidential election to explain some telltale signs of fake news.

EUROPEAN UNION EXTERNAL ACTION SERVICES (Europe) -- This unit has looked at some self-help guides about how to counter fake news stories.

FIRST DRAFT NEWS (Global and France) – This global coalition brings together "the largest social platforms with global newsrooms, human rights organizations and other fact-checking and verification projects around the world." This link goes to a piece about five things to check in a story. First Draft's new CrossCheck set of tools for collaborative verification (also in French) aims to help voters "make sense of what and who to trust online" as the presidential elections approach. Also, WAN-IFRA, a First Draft News partner, recently offered a webinar, "Truth & Trust in the Digital Age: Fighting Misinformation," featuring Claire Wardle, First Draft News research director.


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2017-02-17 15:49

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The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) helps newspapers, parents and teachers work together to engage the young to create a literate, civic-minded new generation of readers all over the world. Read more ...