Making Media in the Age of Misinformation

Why do our brains love clickbait? Why do people fall for hoaxes or deny the science behind climate change?

Misinformation, disinformation, “fake news,” hoaxes, propaganda… there’s a lot of unreliable information out there, no matter what you call it. In this course, we’ll help you untangle the different terms for unreliable information and cover some of the basics about how it spreads, who spreads it, and what media-makers can do to avoid creating and spreading misinformation. 

course duration icon 6 Hours
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What we provide:
  • Practice activities to do on your own
  • Examples from other educators
  • Free online tools recommendations
Understand terminology related to unreliable information   Explore the relationship between bias and misinformation
Learn the differences between misinformation, disinformation, propaganda, and why we should stop using the term “fake news.”   Understand how our own “confirmation biases” impact our evaluation of information.
Preview the various media formats where you’ll find misinformation   Create your own journalistic code of ethics to guide your own media creation and sharing
Explore how misinformation can appear across media formats.   Learn about journalistic standards and develop your own set of guidelines that you can bring to your classroom.
  • No More Fake News!
  • Civic Media Literacy
  • Misinformation Across Media Formats
  • Reviewing Journalistic Codes of Ethics
  • False Equivalency
  • Who’s Responsible for Creating & Spreading Misinformation?
  • Who’s Responsible for Stopping Misinformation?
  • Practice: Create Your Own Code of Ethics
  • Talking About Misinformation in the Classroom
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This course can help you develop the skills needed to earn the Creating a Code of Conduct micro-credential. Earning eight micro-credentials qualifies you to become a PBS Certified Media Literacy Educator. Learn more.  

What is KQED Teach?

We offer a collection of free, hands-on professional learning opportunities focused on digital media. Educators can build skills in video and audio production, data visualization and media analysis to support all curriculum areas. These skills allow educators to facilitate learning environments where their students can create digital content, develop their communication and technology skills and engage in deeper learning that encourages critical thinking.

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