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Approx. 13 hours to complete

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English

Subtitles: Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), English, Spanish, Polish

Skills you will gain

NewsEvaluationMedia LiteracyJournalism
Learners taking this Course are
  • Librarians
  • Journalists
  • Translators
  • Marketing Specialists
  • Entrepreneurs

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Beginner Level

Approx. 13 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week ...

English

Subtitles: Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), English, Spanish, Polish

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Making sense of the news is more important than ever

5 videos (Total 21 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
5 videos
Power of information4m
Shoot the messenger: Why journalists become targets5m
Communication models and media4m
News cycles in the age of social media3m
5 readings
Recommended resources: Why news literacy matters10m
Recommended resources: Power of information10m
Recommended resources: Why journalists become targets10m
Definitions: "Social media" and "News cycles"10m
Recommended resources: News cycles in the age of social media10m
2 practice exercises
Power of Information10m
The responsibility of digital citizens12m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

What is news and who decides?

5 videos (Total 23 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
5 videos
Information Neighborhoods4m
Blurred lines5m
Universal news drivers6m
Editorial judgment3m
6 readings
Recommended resources: What makes journalism different10m
Recommended resources: Information neighborhoods10m
Recommended resources: Blurred lines10m
Recommended resources: What makes news10m
Exercise: Editorial judgment10m
Tell us more about yourself [optional survey]10m
2 practice exercises
What is news and who decides?18m
What makes some information newsworthy?10m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Where can we find trustworthy information?

6 videos (Total 33 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
Evidence6m
Why verification fails4m
What is media bias?5m
Cognitive dissonance, confirmation bias5m
Opinion journalism and bloviation6m
6 readings
Recommended resources: Truth is provisional10m
Recommended resources: Evidence and fact checking10m
Recommended resources: Why verification fails10m
Recommended resources: Understanding bias10m
Recommended resources: Testing our own bias10m
Recommended resources: Opinion journalism10m
2 practice exercises
Truth in Journalism16m
Media bias, audience bias12m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Says who?

4 videos (Total 21 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
4 videos
The importance of sources3m
Evaluating sources: IM VAIN8m
Evaluating anonymous sources4m
4 readings
Recommended resources: False equivalence10m
Recommended resources: Sources10m
Recommended resources: What makes a source reliable10m
Recommended resources: Anonymous sources10m
2 practice exercises
Fairness and balance10m
Source evaluation34m
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Top reviews from Making Sense of the News: News Literacy Lessons for Digital Citizens

By RAJul 24th 2017

Very informative and clear and there are some assignments to make us understand more. But there are too many links that we have to read, I prefer the video and examples and assignments.

By CXSep 12th 2019

This is a very good introductory course for everyone who would like to have a better understanding of news and learn the essential media literacy skills in the digital era.

Instructors

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Masato Kajimoto

Assistant Professor
Journalism and Media Studies Centre, The University of Hong Kong
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Howard Schneider

Dean
Stony Brook University School of Journalism
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Anne Kruger

Lecturer
Journalism and Media Studies Centre, The University of Hong Kong
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Steven Reiner

Associate Professor
Stony Brook University School of Journalism
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Jonathan Anzalone

Lecturer and Assistant Director of the Center for News Literacy
Stony Brook University School of Journalism
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Michael A. Spikes

Director, Digital Resources
Center for News Literacy, Stony Brook University School of Journalism
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Richard Hornik

Lecturer
Stony Brook University School of Journalism

About The University of Hong Kong

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