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Evaluating news: Fake News & Beyond

Media Literacy & Misinformation

Why should we care if the information we come across is credible? 

venn diagram with knowledge being intersection of truth & belief

"The problem is not that some people might believe something that’s not true. The problem is that most people might stop caring if anything is true."

Siva Vaidhyanathan, Director, University of Virginia Center for Media & Citizenship


What is Media Literacy?

Media literacy is the ability to accessanalyzeevaluatereflect, create and act using all forms of communication. Media literacy is just one among many essential literacy skills that empower us to think critically and communicate effectively. The graphic below illustrates various types of essential literacy skills.

graphic of literacies: media, information, cultural, critical, scientific, digital, and financial

Additional Resources

Evaluating news: Fake News & Beyond - A library guide on identifying fake news, fake images and videos, finding credible news, and more

Selecting & Evaluating Information  - A library guide on selecting and evaluating credible information for class assignments and undergraduate research.