The MediaWise for Seniors program will supply two free on-line programs, funded largely by, nicely, Fb. The primary four-week course has already stuffed up, however college students can nonetheless enroll in a self-directed course on separating on-line reality from fiction. Hosted by Christiane Amanpour and Joan Lunden, it’s scheduled to start Oct. 1.
“By the top, they’ll be utilizing the methods utilized by fact-checkers the world over,” together with reverse picture searches to find out the sources of photographs and movies, mentioned Alex Mahadevan, senior multimedia reporter at Poynter.
As well as, Poynter has labored with AARP to supply Fact Tracker interactive videos on recognizing and filtering misinformation.
The Information Literacy Challenge can also be increasing past its preliminary audience of center and highschool college students.
Though the mission is aiming its new efforts on the basic inhabitants, “our hope is that older adults shall be main shoppers of those sources and grow to be a part of the knowledge answer, as an alternative of the misinformation downside,” mentioned Alan Miller, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who based the mission in 2008.
Take its free website referred to as Checkology. “It offers you a grounding in easy methods to discern credible info,” Mr. Miller mentioned. “It helps individuals detect the distinction between information, opinion and propaganda.” College students will even find out about high quality journalism interactively, by enjoying the function of a reporter gathering info on deadline and an editor deciding which tales benefit the entrance web page.
A weekly publication, Get Smart About News, will take intention at present rumors, hoaxes and conspiracy theories, beginning Sept. 22. In a recreation app referred to as Informable, gamers advance by more and more difficult ranges to develop fact-checking and different digital literacy abilities. Concurrently, public service advertisements will seem on radio and TV stations and on Fb.