News Literacy: Interview with Michelle Luhtala and Jacquelyn Whiting

As a full-time education consultant, Allison Zmuda works with educators to grow ideas on how to make learning for students challenging, possible and worthy of the attempt. Over the past 19 years, Zmuda has shared curricular, assessment, and instructional ideas, shown illustrative examples, and offered practical strategies of how to get started.

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How do we hone students’ skills to examine news stories with a critical eye?

This interview with Michelle Luhtala and Jacquelyn Whiting talks about how we can engage with students and staff on important research issues such as:

  • Drafting better bibliographies to show the substance of the source
  • Working to become more thoughtful examiners of current events and history
  • Reading well online — and how it can be a very different experience for every reader because of the “almighty hyperlink, embedded video, or infographic”
  • Examining the impact of hashtags on version of events

What were your takeaways? How does this compare to your own practices? Would love to hear from you!

And please check out News Literacy: The Keys to Combating Fake News.

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