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5 websites to help students build media literacy


In recent years, students have been inundated with a near steady stream of information and headlines about politics, racial and social unrest, the pandemic, and more. It is all the more important to help students develop sophisticated media skills.

Students need to understand how to recognize legitimate information and how to recognize credible, high quality journalism. Biases are pervasive and young people today need to recognize and express them.

Recognizing bias and developing strong media and assessment skills begins in the classroom. Teachers need resources to illustrate the importance of these skills, and it is never too early to introduce students to news outlets and point out the difference between good quality and suspicious news.

Here are 5 resources to help students evaluate information and build strong media literacy:

1. CNN 10 offers video segments in 10-minute blocks that teachers can use to introduce or supplement a lesson. AT & T’s Youth Voices Collective features videos on objectivity in journalism, source checking, on-camera delivery and effective news writing.

Laura Ascione is editor-in-chief at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland’s prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

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