Breaking the Spin Cycle: Teaching Media Awareness in 2020

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm | Zoom

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Lane Glisson (Library)

We know it’s not helpful to merely instruct novice students to use authoritative sources for their research. We need to show, not tell, as screenwriters often say. Our students lack the training to analyze sources or fact-check what they read. Many get their news from Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, where disinformation and conspiracy theories are common. With the spread of COVID 19, misinformation about its cause and treatment abound on social media. As we head into the homestretch of the 2020 Presidential election, experts warn that partisan spin, hoaxes, and “fake news” cynicism could adversely affect voter’s choices and disenfranchise some citizens. Increasingly, American trolls have adopted Russian disinformation methods used in 2016, weakening the democratic system.

To help students become more savvy consumers of information, Lane Glisson develops slide shows that prompt students to analyze the language of news stories. This helps them read critically and learn about the factual underpinnings of journalism and academic writing. This workshop will present her discussion-based disinformation lessons, with an updated focus on credible health sources and the upcoming election. Participants will work collaboratively to discuss lesson plans that they can use in their own classrooms.

Register for this workshop here. You will receive a Zoom link via email after you register. For more information, email



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