Global News Literacy Conference
 

Global News Literacy Conference

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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 (and drown out) 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. As a result of the information revolution sparked by the internet and social media, the truth is in trouble. To further the worldwide effort to confront the challenges of this ongoing information revolution, and to capitalize on the opportunities a new paradigm presents, the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University hosted its First Global News Literacy Conference from August 13-15, 2017. The conference theme was The Future of News Literacy in a Connected World. The goals of this conference were to share and discuss best teaching practices, both in the classroom and through digital media; to develop strategies for expanding News Literacy to new groups of learners by tailoring lessons to specific audiences; to solidify the theoretical underpinnings of News Literacy; and to begin to collaborate on new assessment tools and research projects, including work based on surveys of News Literacy students. The conference participants represented universities and educational institutions from Hong Kong, Poland, Vietnam, India, Russia, and Argentina. The fifteen papers they presented, and the discussions they inspired, demonstrated that News Literacy is a rich field of academic inquiry and pedagogical innovation.

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