A teacher conducts a lesson under a tree in Limpopo Province.
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South Africa has no comprehensive national media literacy programme. Often it comes down to individual teachers and schools to make learners more media literate.
Our study found high levels of trust in media reports – but that trust can be eroded by fact-checking. Journalists need to rethink the way they report political stories.
Genuine image of an abandoned Russian tank near the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv during this week’s invasion. But social media is rife with fake or misattributed images.
Footage claiming to document the situation in Ukraine may not necessarily be genuine. Here’s how to treat viral footage with the right level of scepticism before sharing it on social media.
At a time when it’s increasingly difficult to separate truth from falsehood, Wikipedia is an accessible tool for fact-checking and fighting misinformation.
Graphic narratives can be a great tool to teach media literacy.
Delivering media literacy in a comics format can help readers develop the skills to identify fake news and counter its effects.
With the American flag reflected in the teleprompter, President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Duluth International Airport on Sept. 30, 2020, in Duluth, Minn.
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Because dramatic tension fuels attention, Trump’s words work to generate tension, anxiety and conflict. We need to react with civility, care and calm to undo the cycle of attention and persuasion.
‘I can’t believe I’m still here, either.’
‘They might be a liar but at least they’re honest.’
News literacy involves understanding how news filters into the public domain.
The effective teaching of news literacy needs to go beyond simple fact-checking, a journalism professor argues.
This is the age we live in, and it is crucial that fact-checkers be in place to help media consumers guard against falsehoods.
Olivia Colman in
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Olivia Colman has a funny story to tell on Wikipedia about the age displayed in her biography in the online encyclopedia. The opportunity for a Wikipedia fact-checking.
We don’t automatically question information we read or hear.
Cognitive psychologists know the way our minds work means we not only don’t notice errors and misinformation we know are wrong, we also then remember them as true.
We build in extra checks and balances, including blind peer review by a second academic expert, additional scrutiny and editorial oversight.
What does the evidence say about alcohol and violence?
There is a lot of evidence showing that changing people’s drinking hours and consumption patterns reduces violence and hospital admissions.
There’s no easily defined line between ‘fact’ and ‘non-fact’, so how do journalists make judgements about factual accuracy?
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A posse of fact-checkers has been riding the boundary of the federal election. Not happy with the standard of honesty in political discourse, the ABC, this website and PolitiFact.com.au, a localised version…