Monthly Update | April 2020
COVID-19: Misinformation, Teaching, and
E-Learning Resources
We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during this unprecedented time! As we figure out our new normal, we understand that it can be overwhelming at time s — especially when trying to keep up with the deluge of news and information coming our way. As many schools move to distance learning, administrators, educators, and parents are doing everything they can to keep students engaged in their education. That's why we've assembled two resource lists to aid in that endeavor: One list is focused on free media literacy resources and online teaching support , and the other is a list of offerings from our Organizational Partners . These lists will continue to be updated as more resources become available. If you want to add a resource to our list, please let us know at namle@namle.net . Building media literacy skills is more important than ever right now and we hope these resources are helpful to you.
Media Literacy in the News
News in Context Podcast
On an episode of the News in Context podcast, NAMLE’s Executive Director Michelle Ciulla Lipkin talks about how media literacy can help people navigate news and information during the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges that arise when media literacy skills are lacking. [ listen here ]
How Social Media Companies Are Trying to Fight Coronavirus Misinformation
Some of the biggest technology companies in the United States are working to tackle coronavirus-related misinformation online. Here’s an overview from Popular Science of what Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, YouTube, Google, and Pinterest are doing to fight fake news.
[ read more ]
How a Frozen Meat Brand Became a Voice of Reason in the Pandemic
A viral Twitter thread from Steak-Umm, a U.S. brand of frozen steaks, offered advice on media literacy, disinformation, and staying informed amid the coronavirus pandemic, Fast Company reports. [ read more ]
Media Literacy and Protecting Your Mind
In this commentary for WYPR , NAMLE Board Member Kimberly Moffitt talks about the importance of building media literacy skills during an “infodemic” and why children should learn these skills, too. [ read more ]
Media Literacy Skills for Catholics
NAMLE Board Member Julie Smith, in a commentary for Catholic News Service , argues while it may be time consuming, thoughtful analyses and reflections on the messages we are exposed to is important in today’s times. [ read more ]
How People Investigate Fake News on Twitter and Facebook
In a new study, researchers at the University of Washington analyzed how participants reacted to encountering a fake post, which could provide a framework for interventions to help people resist misinformation in their feeds. [ read more ]
How to Avoid Misinformation About COVID-19
What’s the best way to separate the trustworthy from the fake? In this FAQ, Smithsonian asked experts who study science communication and misinformation what readers should keep in mind while watching the news, reading an article, or scanning social media. [ read more ]
Library Program Encourages Civic Engagement
A library in Virginia started a campaign this year called “Your Voices, Your Choices,” which puts libraries at the forefront of increasing civic engagement and voter knowledge during the 2020 U.S. elections. [ learn more ]
M-Passioned: Meet Our Members
Cynthia Williams Resor
Professor
Eastern Kentucky University

"Too many modern people continue to fall for scams, fake news, quacks, charlatans, and snake oil salesmen when it is so easy to find better answers in the modern information age. I believe if media literacy skills were addressed consistently across the curriculum in K-12 schools, we could decrease the negative influence of misinformation.” [ read more ]
Webinar: Information Literacy in Today's World 
April 14 @ 3 p.m. ET
In this free webinar, librarians and educators will learn about the term “fake news” and how it can create further division and confusion among people, and lead to a general distrust of the news media. The presentation will also discuss how and why information can be misleading and strategies and resources that can help students navigate the flood of information online. [ learn more ]
Democracy & Me Student Voices Competition
The Democracy & Me Student Voices Competition invites students in grades 8-12 to express their thoughts on the role of media in democracy through writing, audio, video, or other creative format. This year’s prompt asks students to think about what voices and concerns are not being heard as part of the political conversation during the 2020 U.S. elections. Submission deadline: April 17 [ learn more ]
CFP: Social and News Media Misinformation Workshop
The Social and News Media Misinformation Workshop MEDIATE, which will take place virtually from June 8-11, aims to bring together media practitioners and technologists to discuss new obstacles and opportunities that arise in modern information diffusion. The conference is seeking papers related to this year’s theme, “misinformation,” which can include political misinformation, scientific misinformation, and social initiatives against misinformation.
Submission deadline: April 20. [ learn more ]
CFP: Media and Communication During the
COVID-19 Pandemic
The editors of a special issue of the Howard Journal of Communications are seeking abstracts that will explore and better understand the controversy, rhetoric, human interactions, and media coverage on public health communication during the coronavirus crisis. Proposals could include social media usage in sharing information and creating communities, marginalized groups’ experiences during the pandemic, and misinformation.
Abstracts deadline: April 25. [ learn more ]
Youth Media Literacy Grants
HumanitiesDC is offering three Youth Media Literacy Grants for organizations in Washington, D.C., to develop media literacy curricula that can be used for either an in-school or out-of-school program for students ages 12 to 18. Each program must bring in at least one Pulitzer Prize–nominated journalist to engage with its participants.
Application deadline: May 19 [ learn more ]
Resources
COVID-19 Misinformation is Going Viral — Help Stop the Spread
Before sharing something on social media, people should ask questions about the information they are seeing. This PSA video from Poynter’s MediaWise team, which includes appearances from people like NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt and YouTube influencer Tyler Oakley, provides tips on how to think more like a journalist and fact-check while consuming content online. [ learn more ]
Should Media Literacy Be a Compulsory School Subject?
While some countries have been combating disinformation by introducing new laws, some proponents of media literacy argue a more effective approach is through education. This online debate from Debating Europe includes an infographic and several videos from experts discussing if they support media literacy lessons in schools across Europe. [ learn more ]
Webinar: Half-Truths, Lies, and Critical Information in a Time of Pandemics 
In this pre-recorded webinar, speakers from the Aspen Institute, CNN, and First Draft outline the global trends around information flows and the coronavirus, what misinformation is spreading, how newsrooms, health authorities, tech platforms and businesses are responding, and whether society is prepared to handle the consequences that come from the spread of rumors and falsehoods. [ learn more ]
5 Ways to Manage Your News Consumption in Times of Crisis
The Conversation provides five suggestions on how people can stay informed at home while getting work done, and while looking after one’s mental health. The different approaches include turning off news feeds sometimes, diving deep into topics that interest you, and using social media wisely. [ read more ]
Video: Media Literacy and COVID-19 
A video from Digital Charlotte, a project from Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina that is focused on strengthening digital and media literacy in the community, discusses how organizations, governments, and philanthropists might think about their role in supporting the media literacy skills of the communities they serve during a crisis. [ learn more ]
Fact Sheet: Types, Sources, and Claims of COVID-19 Misinformation
This fact sheet published by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, identifies some of the main types, sources, and claims of COVID-19 misinformation seen online through March 2020. They found that misinformation can directly or indirectly question the actions, or legitimacy of public authorities and suggests that it will be difficult for those institutions to address or correct it directly. [ learn more ]
Cutting Through the COVID-19 Confusion Research
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Ofcom, a U.K.-based telecommunications company, is providing weekly research about how people are getting news and information about the crisis. [ learn more ]
Nonviolence Documentary Educator Guide
As part of the Ghandi150 initiative, for $250, educators can access a guide with exercises and activities for classes about the documentary From India with Love . The documentary showcases the experiences of Sandy Hook parents, Black Lives Matter activists, and a former Los Angeles gang member during their travel across India while following the footsteps of Martin Luther King Jr. when he visited the country in 1959, while promoting nonviolence education. [ learn more ]
About Us


Executive Director
Michelle Ciulla Lipkin

Associate Director
Donnell Probst

Program Assistant
Kyle Plantz

Executive Board
Tony Streit, President 
David Kleeman, Vice President
Kimberly Moffitt, Secretary
Gonca Latif-Schmitt, Treasurer
Erin Reilly, Past President

Job Opportunities
Adjunct Professor, Communication
West Virginia Wesleyan College
Buckhannon, WV

Instructor, Communication
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR

Reporter
Snopes
Remote

Adjunct, Media Literacy
Monmouth University
West Long Branch, NJ
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