Hooked on Junk News: Breaking Bad Habits and Rebuilding Trust in the Media

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April 26, 2018 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

Hooked on Junk News: Breaking Bad Habits and Rebuilding Trust in the Media
Originally Broadcast On:
April 26, 2018
Time Estimate:
One hour for the presentation. Sometimes instructors stay longer to answer questions.

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As a mediator among those who create, distribute and consume the news, the Newseum wants to help each group better understand the others. In this session, the Newseum's Kirsti Kenneth will focus on revealing what the organization has learned about the current media landscape through workshops with news consumers young and old around the globe. What issues cause the most confusion? Where does the public lay blame for problems like "fake" news? What skills do students and the general public need to develop, and what can journalists do to help bolster those skills?

Kenneth will share the Newseum's techniques for drawing students and adults into deeper conversations about where news comes from, how it affects their lives and how they can arm themselves to evaluate the information they encounter. From real-life case studies and examples to mnemonic hooks, you’ll see how teaching media literacy is not only essential, it can also be fun.

Learn how NewseumED uses eye-catching, shareable resources to bring attention to media literacy issues and make them easier to digest. This webinar offers tips for using and sharing these resources to build understanding of how journalism works and the collaborative efforts that will be essential to addressing its most pressing problems.

What Will I Learn:
  • Learn how the general public perceives some of the issues that dominate today’s conversations about the media, based on on-the-ground experience teaching classes and professional development workshops around the globe.
  • Understand why NewseumED and others believe that building media literacy is essential to addressing the problems of today’s media landscape.
  • Discover essential, easy-to-share media literacy concepts that resonate with and empower news consumers.
  • Learn how to employ NewseumED’s free resources to improve conversations about topics like "fake" news or sponsored content and to help foster media literacy.
Who Should Take this Course:

This session is designed to engage both working journalists who want to be proactive about shaping the reputation and reception of their profession and journalism educators seeking to prepare their students for the realities of today’s participatory media landscape.

Course Instructor:

Kirsti Kenneth

Kirsti Kenneth has been affiliated with the Newseum in Washington, D.C., for nearly a decade, first as an educator and then as curriculum developer. She specializes in designing creative resources that jump-start engaging inquiry in both formal and informal learning environments. Prior to joining the Newseum, Kenneth worked for the PBS documentary series FRONTLINE, as assistant to the executive producers and creating content for their website. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Yale, where she majored in American Studies.

Training Partner:


The Newseum educates the public about the value of a free press in a free society and tells the stories of the world's important events in unique and engaging ways. In its prominent location on historic Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., the Newseum blends 500 years of news history, up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits for a one-of-a-kind museum experience. The Newseum is funded by the Freedom Forum and, while independent of any media companies, receives additional support from individuals, corporations and foundations.

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512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
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Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
Adobe Flash Player 11.2+

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