News Literacy in a Digital Age: Facing Ferguson

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News Literacy in a Digital Age: Facing Ferguson

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How can we help young people think critically about real news in an era of “fake news”? What is the impact of social media on how traditional media sources report the news? What is the role of journalism in a democratic society—and how is journalism changing?


This workshop will explore these questions through our new resource, Facing Ferguson: News Literacy in a Digital Age, created in partnership with The News Literacy Project. We use the 2014 fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and the protests that followed as a case study to examine multiple aspects of news literacy skills. From understanding how implicit biases shape our understanding of the world to knowing how to find reliable information, these lessons seek to  help students make informed decisions and become effective active participants in today’s complex information landscape.


Participants will receive:

  • 11 Lessons, 44 activities, and multimedia resources
  • A powerpoint presentation for classroom use
  • Continental breakfast and afternoon snack
  • A 20% discount for any Facing History summer 2017 online course
  • Membership in Facing History and Ourselves’ network
National Center for Civil and Human Rights
100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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