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. And how search engines wire their search results to cater to your interests. That 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 are excellent videos, example photographs. Engaging.

May May Secondary 2, Beatty Secondary School

(I like it that) Giving the students food for thought, not just stuffing information down their throat, but questioning them to think and rethink. The facilitator has a good voice and speaks clear and well. Topics discussed were relevant and interesting to capture the audience.

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