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Illinois Media Literacy Act signed

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The new law requires Illinois public schools to teach students skills to spot misinformation.

Democratic State Senator Karina Villa said the internet has become a place for students to debate and discuss social issues and politics. But Villa and other Democrats also believe children are vulnerable to persecution and misinformation online.

The Republican legislature voted against the law. They felt that the measure did not define who should be considered a good or bad source of information.

Listen to this week’s Shop Talk

Shop Talk is a weekly panel discussion on journalistic topics. This week’s program featured Will Buss, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University and advises the student editors of the Western Courier, the students of the student radio station The Dog, and the WIU section of the National Association of Black Journalists; Rajvee Subramanian, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University; and TSPR News Director Rich Egger.

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