Facing Ferguson: News Literacy in a Digital Age

1.31.19
Facing Ferguson: News Literacy in a Digital Age
New Jersey

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Course Type:
Workshop
Event Fee:
$10.00
Registration Fee:
$15.00

Facing Ferguson: News Literacy in a Digital Age

On the afternoon of August 9, 2014, Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot to death in a confrontation with a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. Within a week, the shooting and the protests that followed—driven to a large degree by social media—became a flashpoint for a discussion about race, policing, and justice in the United States.

Using a new unit co-created by Facing History and Ourselves and the News Literacy Project, this workshop will:

  • Model how to create a safe and reflective space for dealing with difficult topics;
  • Examine how confirmation and other implicit biases can shape our understanding of the world;
  • Share how to use news literacy skills and concepts as a set of critical thinking tools to help students find reliable information to make decisions, take action, and responsibly share news and information through social media; and
  • Explore what it means to become effective and informed civic participants in today’s complex information landscape.

 

After this workshop you will:

  • Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia
  • Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost
Princeton University
Lewis Library
Princeton, NJ 08544
1.31.19
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

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