[WEBINAR] Know the news: media literacy in the age of COVID-19
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Webinar: Know the News
Attend a live PEN America Interactive Media Literacy webinar on Wednesday, April 1 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Access to accurate information is an essential part of freedom of expression and is essential to public health and civic engagement, especially during a pandemic marked by both misinformation and disinformation. Media literacy has become a terrifyingly important requirement to responsibly consume information about the disease in the face of the ongoing threat of COVID-19 disinformation.
Knowing the News webinar sessions are PEN America’s answer to the problem of disinformation. As the public faces new misleading content concerns in the face of COVID-19, PEN America tailored our workshop to provide timely examples and activities that will help build media literacy. The participants learn how they can better defend themselves against false reports – about coronavirus and disinformation in other contexts – and support balanced media consumption for the health of their news diet. The session will examine the context of reporting on this health crisis and the prevalence of many different forms of disinformation that are flooding our social media feeds. Participants are equipped to consume news with a critical eye to see the veracity of the information they see online.
This webinar is hosted by Nora Benavidez, director of US Free Expression Programs at PEN America, and is free and open to the public.
Read PEN America’s Guide to COVID-19 Disinformation here.
Please confirm your registration using the zoom link below. For more information, contact Hannah Waltz, Media Literacy Coordinator at [email protected].