NY educator urges Regents board: Teach students how to identify ‘fake news’

Feb 21, 2018 by

Stony Brook University’s Journalism Dean met with the Board of Regents recently.

ALBANY, N.Y. — Lessons in “news literacy” — the ability to distinguish fake news from the real thing — should be offered in classrooms throughout New York as a matter of public urgency, the founder of Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism has told the state’s education policymaking body.

Journalism Dean Howard Schneider called on the state Board of Regents to act with dispatch in encouraging teachers and students alike to become more critical consumers of news reports. Fake stories, he noted, are increasingly transmitted electronically — for example, via tweets, blogs, podcasts and postings on social media.

The alternative could be successive generations of young people unable to differentiate between accurate news and the phony variety popping up on their cellphones and laptops, the veteran educator and former journalist suggested.

Source: NY educator urges Regents board: Teach students how to identify ‘fake news’ | NewYorkUpstate.com

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