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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Making Sense of the News: News Literacy Lessons for Digital Citizens by The University of Hong Kong

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About the Course

Never before has the need for News Literacy been more urgent. As news consumers are bombarded with a constant stream of fake news, propaganda, hoaxes, rumors, satire, and advertising — that often masquerade as credible journalism — it is becoming more and more difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. While the public’s faith in the news media erodes, purveyors of misinformation have helped give rise to troubling cultural trends and alarming political movements. This six-week course will help learners develop their critical thinking skills to enable them to better identify reliable information in news reports and to become better informed about the world in which we live. The course will discuss the key elements of journalism from the viewpoint of the news audience. The language of instruction is English, but Chinese and Spanish subtitles will be available. Each week will tackle a challenge unique to the digital era: Week 1: The power of information is now in the hands of consumers. Week 2: What makes journalism different from other types of information? Week 3: Where can we find trustworthy information? Week 4: How to tell what’s fair and what’s biased. Week 5: How to apply news literacy concepts in real life. Week 6: Meeting the challenges of digital citizenship....

Top reviews


Jul 24, 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.


Apr 02, 2020

very good course, with tons of reference resources. I've learned a lot and felt a door opened in front me toward the world of news literacy and perception of real journalism.

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By Mariela V M

Jun 11, 2017

It is an essencial course for any responsible citizen


Jun 08, 2020

Amazing and marvelous course, i will recommend it.

By Sherrin G J P

Apr 30, 2020

It was a good and knowledgeable course

By 苑一帆

Dec 09, 2019

Very professional

By Rick M

Feb 25, 2017

Great course and

By Deleted A

Jan 14, 2017

Great course.

By Onoejeharho o v

Nov 20, 2019



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By Alvin O S W

Jun 07, 2020

This is a good foundational course on News Literacy and provides useful concepts, principles, frameworks and examples to understand how news is created and disseminated to digital citizens. As a feedback, I wished that the content could be more periodically updated to keep up with current media practices in 2020 and beyond.

By Mary S

Mar 24, 2017

Really enjoyed this course. Lots of good information on how to identify fake news.

By Huang W

Jun 17, 2020

Very information and the materials are quite useful

By Abdulrahman A

Oct 09, 2017

rich of information and methods