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, the Center for News Literacy is organizing a Global News Literacy Conference at Stony Brook University, in New York, from August 13-15, 2017. The theme of the conference is The Future of News Literacy in a Connected World.
Our goals with this conference are 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, and tailoring lessons to specific audiences; to solidify the theoretical underpinnings of News Literacy; and to begin to collaborate on new research projects and assessment tools.