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Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Journalism and digital media resources: News literacy

What is news literacy?

The ability to find and analyze reliable information and be a critical news consumer.

Take a look at the Fact checking, verification and fake news guide for tips and resources. As news consumers and as journalists, it is critical to understand how to evaluate your information sources.

Why does news literacy matter?

We have responsibilities as creators and consumers  because the way we understand and incorporate news can affect our lives as individuals as well as the world we live in. 


There are a growing number of useful sources addressing news literacy. These are just few hand-picked by us for you. Feel free to suggest more that you have found especially helpful. Email Professors Alexa Capeloto or Kathleen Collins with your ideas.


Potter, J.W. (2016). Media Literacy. SAGE, 8th Ed.

Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Reasoning 

Fake News is Not the Only Problem

How Facebook Makes Us Dumber (re confirmation bias)

How does misinformation spread online?

How the web distorts reality and impairs our judgment skills

Fake News Outperformed Real News on Facebook in 2016 Election

Seven Ways to Spot and Debunk Fake News


How to choose your news

Triple Check Before You Share

Other Resources:

Combating Fake News: An Agenda for Research and Action (Harvard U.'s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy)

Project Implicit bias testing

Reuters policy on social media 

Types of Online Fakes from the Verification Handbook created by leading journalists

AllSides looks at current issues from left, right and centrist views