Breaking the Spin Cycle: Teaching Media Awareness in 2020

Thursday, May 7, 2020 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 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 Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, where disinformation and conspiracy theories are common. With the spread of COVID 19, misinformation and conspiracy theories about the cause of the pandemic and bogus remedies abound on social media. Looking ahead to the 2020 Presidential election, experts agree that partisan spin and “fake news” cynicism could adversely affect voter’s choices. American trolls have adopted Russian disinformation methods of 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 in class. This helps them read critically and learn about the factual underpinnings of journalism and academic writing. This workshop will present her discussion-based disinformation lesson, with an updated focus on the pandemic and discussion of designing lesson plans for your course.

Part of #BMCCVotes: Engaging Voting and Election Issues in the Classroom.

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