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Beginner Level

Approx. 11 hours to complete

English

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

Skills you will gain

NewsEvaluationMedia LiteracyJournalism

Shareable Certificate

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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Approx. 11 hours to complete

English

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

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The University of Hong Kong

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The State University of New York

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

Making sense of the news is more important than ever

2 hours to complete
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

Week 2

2 hours to complete

What is news and who decides?

2 hours to complete
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

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Where can we find trustworthy information?

2 hours to complete
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

Week 4

2 hours to complete

Says who?

2 hours to complete
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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