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Rehearsing for Real Life: Media Literacy and SIFT

Communicating STEM-- Nov 27


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  • investigate the information and the source of the information before reading or sharing.

Investigate the Source

  • What do you know or what can you find out about the source of this information?
  • Do a google search for the author or institution that is creating this media.

Find better coverage

  • Can you find a credible source that is reporting this information?
  • How do the two sources compare?

Trace claims, quotes, and media back to the original context

  • Locate the original source of this information.
  • Are the claims, quotes and media being represented accurately?


Media and Information Literacy

Just as you might use your trusty CRAAP test to evaluate scholarly resources, media (especially in the wake of Generative AI) requires scrutiny of a different sort.

Do you know your news?

News or Opinion? - Writing Commons. (2018, May 1).

Check out this nifty guide on Evaluating News Sources from California State University San Marcos.

Find Other Coverage

Get out of the echo chamber, and find what is discussed on this Globally:


Check out this wonderful list of other international news sources!

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