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News & Information: Be Informed Not Misled!

Date Published: 22/02/2021

When you need information, you want to make sure it is correct.  Nobody wants to look foolish by quoting incorrect facts.

In the modern world, you need to be a savvy media user to ensure that you are getting good quality news and information. We are constantly being told to watch out for fake news, misinformation, disinformation, propaganda, and biased content.

To be savvy, you need to be critical of your sources of information and understand how to tell recognise good quality information.  The following sources may help you to become more media literate, an essential 21st-century skill.

This guide from the University of South Australia describes how to spot fake news. Click on the link below.

Fake news – News Media – Guides at University of South Australia (unisa.edu.au)

Source: International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), https://www.ifla.org/publications/node/11174

 

This one-minute video from Commonsense Media has 3 simple tools to help you separate fact from fiction:

3 Online Tools to Sniff Out Fake News Video | Common Sense Media

 

Determining if the information is biased takes a little more effort.  This guide by the University of Wisconsin has some useful tips for interrogating sources of information for bias:

What is Bias? – Identifying Bias – Research Guides at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (uwgb.edu)

This article explores how most people lack the basic fact-checking abilities to discern fact from fiction and gives tips for how to remedy this.

There’s no such thing as ‘alternative facts’. 5 ways to spot misinformation and stop sharing it online

 

This series, comprising of 10 videos, is a course in hands-on skills to evaluate the information you read online.

John Green’s Crash Course: Navigating Digital Information

 

An interactive game by Barrie Cassidy to test your bias busting skills.

Barrie’s Bias Busters

https://education.abc.net.au/res/media-literacy/bias-busters/index.html

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