Media Literacy

Information Literacy: Evaluating Online News

News in the digital age is more abundant but less trusted than ever before. Consumers rely so much on it, yet are uncertain and fearful on how to make sense of the flood of information. This programme teaches participants to evaluate news by first differentiating facts & opinions, before moving to validate information. They acquire fact-checking skills & learn to compare different opinions, in order to derive balanced conclusions. The outcomes are critical thinking skills & active contribution to evaluating online news.

What participants say

Teffania Secondary 4, Edgefield Secondary School

Photographs can lie, even when they are not photoshopped. How search engines wire their search results to cater to your interests was a real eye-opener for me.

Joanne Secondary 4, Anderson Secondary School

I like the use of anecdotes to explain the conflicting views of fake news. The videos were entertaining and relevant too.

Pavithra Junior College 2, Millennia Institute

I learned how to identify fake news and do fact checking, and how news agencies and search engines make use of customised search results to make profit.

Sylvette Secondary 1, Pasir Ris Secondary School

I learned to do some fact checking and how photos and videos can still lie. Certain news may be only half true. We get angry over certain news because we don't see the big picture.

Mrs Ng Principal, Woodlands Ring Secondary School

The trigger (video) was excellent as a source to show perception of reality. The resources (videos and photographs) used are excellent too. Engaging!

Christen Foong Secondary 4, Anderson Secondary School

The most impactful takeaway is that search engines give different searches based on what you like, and we should try to go back to the source in order to find out whether some information is true.

Jennifer Hu Jia Cheng Secondary 4, Anderson Secondary School

I like that the programme shed light about the importance of fully searching the source and the dangers of echo chambers. It’s not something that many people really know about.

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