It’s true: 63% of adults say “the average person does not know how to tell good journalism from rumor or falsehoods.”
And 59% say “it is becoming harder to tell if a piece of news was produced by a respected media organization.” — according to The Edelman Trust Barometer 2018
If you’re not sure how to tell fact from fiction online, join journalist Theresa Walsh Giarrusso for a free media literacy workshop from 2 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, May 14, in the Montclair Library Auditorium. You’ll learn why fake news is such a problem now, the red flags of false social posts and the hallmarks of real news. You’ll learn how to search online like a pro and to fact check and search for media bias like a news researcher. You also will learn how to track memes and images back to their source online. Giarrusso has worked as a reporter, editor, blogger, social media editor and associate professor at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. Most recently she has been working with teachers in local school districts to strengthen their media literacy skills and give them strategies to help their students fight fake news.